1. The Life and Music of Dimitri Shostakovich
Fearing exile to a Gulag prison camp, Shostakovich was writing for his life. ... Perhaps it was Stalin's sentimental attachment to this song that later served to protect Shostakovich's life. ... Living through this permanently changed his life and the character of his music. ... The system said that life was better and happier, but Shostakovich kept writing tragic pieces. ... Only those who knew him early in his life know that he was actually joyful in his youth, but the difficult life of his generation had to leave its mark. ...
- Word Count: 3530
- Approx Pages: 14
- Grade Level: High School