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Shostakovich’s Big Break: A Guide to His Symphony No. 1

Dmitri Shostakovich’s First Symphony may be the greatest graduation project of all time. Composed at the age of 18, Shostakovich’s First Symphony was written to fulfill the graduation requirements of the Leningrad Conservatory (earning him the equivalent of a college … Continue reading

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A Photo Journey of Houston Symphony’s Spring for Music Performance at Carnegie Hall

On Monday May 7, 2012, Houston Symphony had the distinct honor of opening the 2012 Spring for Music Festival. We performed a highly acclaimed concert entitled Two Faces of Shostakovich. The concert featured Shostakovich’s Anti-Formalist Rayok juxtaposed with Symphony No. … Continue reading

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Shostakovich: The Soviet Era’s Greatest Composer

As we wrote about a few weeks ago, one of the most interesting aspects of music history is hearing stories of beauty created through chaos. Hannu Lintu brought Sibelius’ Patriotic Second Symphony the energy it commanded this past weekend, and … Continue reading

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