from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Shostakovich, Dimitri 1906-1975. Russian composer particularly known for his 15 symphonies (1925-1971). He also wrote chamber music, concertos, operas, and ballets.

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  • n. Russian composer best known for his fifteen symphonies (1906-1975)


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  • Mr. MAXIM SHOSTAKOVICH (Son of Dmitri Shostakovich): People walked around our house and they scream (foreign language spoken) Shostakovich formalist, you know.

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  • I have a higher tolerance for badly-performed Shostakovich than badly-performed Verdi — but I don't think that really means Shostakovich is the better composer.

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  • The Petroushka quote in Shostakovich's Baba Yar, "My Mother's being beaten by a clerk" as the mother is, presumably, being shaken like a puppet.

    Salvati dunque e scolpati

  • Laurel Fay, biographer of Shostakovich, and the person who proved definitively that Volkov's alleged autobiography of Shostakovich is no such thing.

    If it's Sunday, it must be Shostakovich

  • Rostropovich’s other great mentor and friend, composer and humanist Dmitri Shostakovich, is not truly represented at all on the new Classical WETA-FM Lite, in the Nation’s Capital; though occasionally snippets of Shostakovich’s minor ballet music or jazz settings are performed for tokenist purposes.

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  • Yes, I do find Bugs Bunny sexy when he dresses in women's clothing, and I also like the serious and tragic Shostakovich, which is probably not a surprise to you.

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  • Despite its Americana association, the Emerson Quartet is best known these days for its Russian repertoire -- namely Shostakovich -- and it did not disappoint in his five-movement Quartet No. 9. - News

  • so that gives us a basis for calling Shostakovich “better.”

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  • His style was considered too staid and old-fashioned by younger composers such as Shostakovich and Prokofiev but Glazunov's orchestration skills were just as good as Rimsky-Korsakov's and he had a fine lyric quality similar to Tchaikovsky.

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  • Over the years masters such as Shostakovich, Picasso and Joyce have been denounced for breaking with what went before simply because it was not familiar.

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