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Failure, Death, and Legacy in the Late Works of Shostakovich

dc.contributor.advisorHaldey, Olgaen_US
dc.contributor.authorBermudez, Joshua Adamen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-24T06:43:38Z
dc.date.available2017-01-24T06:43:38Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2582Q
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/18989
dc.description.abstractThe years 1967-1975 were turbulent for Dmitri Shostakovich, who faced severe health problems and recurring doubts about his life’s work. This led to the development of a preoccupation with mortality during the final years of his life, a subject that was frequently represented in communications with friends, colleagues, and the public. It also became a recurring theme in his compositions written at this time, affecting his choice of texts for vocal works and elements of his musical style. The majority of the compositions from this period are unique in Shostakovich’s œuvre, featuring formal structures that often diverge radically from standard models, a harmonic language less tied to traditional tonality, and a frequent use of dodecaphony. The works of his final four years, though, largely dispense with these elements, pointing to a shift of focus from the tyranny of death to the redeeming quality of artistic legacy.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleFailure, Death, and Legacy in the Late Works of Shostakovichen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMusicen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledMusicen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDodecaphonyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRussiaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledShostakovichen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSoviet Unionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledString Quarteten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSymphonyen_US


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