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    I am Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich. I was born in Russia, have lived in Russia throughout my life. People view my music in very political terms, and i cannot blame them. However you see it, whether good or bad, one must take into account how many other composers I have influenced. Leonard Bernstein, Kalevi Aho, and several other composers all bear my influence. As to Mahler's influence on me: I can't pretend he wasn't a heavy influence on my music, but I tend to think that my output is different. There is a different sound world, however close they might be, between mine and Mahler's.

    I have written 15 symphonies, 15 string quartets, a good few operas, several concerti, several works for solo piano (including 24 more preludes and fugues). They are not all attacks against Soviet oppression; some are. Simple as that. As to which ones are and which ones aren't, I tend to be optimistic in my thoughts on human intelligence. People can tell.

    Stalin. He was a murderer. That's all there is to it. I can't believe anyone thinks I actually fully supported him. True, maybe I didn't dictate "Testimony" or whatever it's called, but the fact that I told people publicly that I supported Stalin was only because if I told anyone otherwise I knew I would be shot on the spot.

    As to my contribution to humanity, it is to be estimated by the people. Needless to say, several of my works have become quite famous (and some quite infamous) among public and critics alike. The fifth symphony seems to give the most problems to people. All this pro-Stalin hubbub. Why? It doesn't make so much sense to see it as a victory hymn. It's water torture in music.

    Regardless of whether you throw me out of this balloon or not, I'll still hold enough power over music to assure my place among the composers that are remembered.

    - D.D. Shostakovich
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    Welcome aboard Mr. Shostakovich. Thank you for your honest candor. At the last moment too, so like you, sir!
    Cheers
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    (Continuation of post #1)

    P.S.: There is a documentary featuring my War Symphonies that I thought to be just. I wish the section in which about the 7th symphony's premiere under the siege of Leningrad could touch your heart, if anything.



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    Looking at your photo, Dmitri, I must say - you don't look happy. Perhaps you're scared of heights? And you seem a bit defensive in your address, as though wary.

    Cheer up, old chap. All is not lost, yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Looking at your photo, Dmitri, I must say - you don't look happy. Perhaps you're scared of heights? And you seem a bit defensive in your address, as though wary.

    Cheer up, old chap. All is not lost, yet.
    Oh, how would you like it if you had a one in six chance of being shoved off a broken-down hot air balloon into the Alps?

    -D.D. Shostakovich
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    I would like you to stay in the balloon for a little longer if only to explain some of the things you say in your letters with Itzak Glikman.
    Gio. Bottesini.

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