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Of all the major Soviet composers who worked in the cinema, the most prominent was Dmitri Shostakovich who, in addition to over a hundred works for the stage and concert hall, wrote scores for almost forty films. Yet despite his reputation this work, when not completely overlooked, has been poorly judged by the same criteria as his other music. Likewise, while much attention has been paid to Soviet film, the crucial role played by the scores is all too often forgotten. This, the first book in English to look at Shostakovich’s cinema career, discusses every film he scored, looking at the films themselves, tracing their relationship to the changing concerns and policies of the Soviet state and examining how the music works in context. Though they often discussed the theme of the Revolution, the style evolved: avant-garde historical films gave way to Socialist Realist dramas, which were supplanted by war films, then biopics of prominent Russians, culminating in the epics of high Stalinism and ending with classic literary adaptations. At every turn Shostakovich was expected to produce the appropriate score. John Riley also gives a fascinating account of the composer’s life. After starting as a teenager eking out a living as a silent cinema pianist, his first full film score, New Babylon (1929), plunged the twenty-three year old into a series of controversies, yet forty-one years later King Lear, written five years before his death in the depths of Brezhnev’s stagnation, shows the same musical and political independence. This highly readable book will be welcomed equally by devotees of the composer; those interested in Soviet culture and cinema; and general film music enthusiasts. ‘Thanks to John Riley we now have a much fuller picture of the tortuous fate of many of the films themselves, as well as a judicious weighing of their cinematic and musical merits. To all this the author brings not only his expertise as a film historian -– drawing on Russian as well as Western sources ---– but also a wide-ranging musical knowledge and penetrating intelligence.’—Professor David Fanning, University of Manchester 9781850437093,9780857712172,1850437092,0857712179 Other pricing structure might be available at vitalsource.com., I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd

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Of all the major Soviet composers who worked in the cinema, the most prominent was Dmitri Shostakovich who, in addition to over a hundred works for the stage and concert hall, wrote scores for almost forty films. Yet despite his reputation this work, when not completely overlooked, has been poorly judged by the same criteria as his other music. Likewise, while much attention has been paid to Soviet film, the crucial role played by the scores is all too often forgotten. This, the first book in English to look at Shostakovich's cinema career, discusses every film he scored, looking at the films themselves, tracing their relationship to the changing concerns and policies of the Soviet state and examining how the music works in context. Though they often discussed the theme of the Revolution, the style evolved: avant-garde historical films gave way to Socialist Realist dramas, which were supplanted by war films, then biopics of prominent Russians, culminating in the epics of high Stalinism and ending with classic literary adaptations. At every turn Shostakovich was expected to produce the appropriate score. John Riley also gives a fascinating account of the composer's life. After starting as a teenager eking out a living as a silent cinema pianist, his first full film score, New Babylon (1929), plunged the twenty-three year old into a series of controversies, yet forty-one years later King Lear, written five years before his death in the depths of Brezhnev's stagnation, shows the same musical and political independence. This highly readable book will be welcomed equally by devotees of the composer; those interested in Soviet culture and cinema; and general film music enthusiasts. x000D x000D 'Thanks to John Riley we now have a much fuller picture of the tortuous fate of many of the films themselves, as well as a judicious weighing of their cinematic and musical merits. To all this the author brings not only his expertise as a film historian - drawing on Russian a. eBooks Music, Stage and Screen~~Music~~Individual Composers & Musicians, Specific Bands & Groups Dmitri Shostakovich~~EBook~~9780857712172~~John Riley Dmitri Shostakovich

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Between 1929 and 1970, five years before his death, Dmitri Shostakovich wrote almost 40 film scores for most genres of Soviet films, from Stalinist cult epics to classical literary adaptations.His long and distinguished cinema career has hitherto been overlooked.Here, John Riley provides this first account, which examines the scores and their contexts in the films for which they were written, the ways in which contemporary events shaped both films and scores, and how he thought about, developed and applied his film music. “Thanks to John Riley we now have a much fuller picture of the tortuous fate of many of the films themselves, as well as a judicious weighing of their cinematic and musical merits.To all this the author brings not only his expertise as a film historian - drawing on Russian as well as Western sources - but also a wide-ranging musical knowledge and penetrating intelligence.” Professor David Fanning, University of ManchesterThis well-researched study helps to bring crucial dilemmas in Soviet cultural history into sharper focus.Riley produces some wonderfully evocative descriptions of Shostakovich's work that show a sure grasp of musical logic and make us want to find the scores and recordings for ourselves. – Moscow TimesRiley performs a valuable service in illuminating a “life in film” that has been largely ignored by musicologists and by film scholars who have been reluctant to take it seriously. – Times Literary Supplement; EPUB \ Jon P. Mitchell; Music, Stage & Screen > Film, TV & radio > Films, cinema, Bloomsbury Publishing

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Publishing year: 2004
Publisher: I.B.Tauris

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