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Shostakovich Fans Look for Political Meaning In His Music

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich, in 1950.
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Composer Dmitri Shostakovich, in 1950.

The 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Dmitri Shostakovich has been celebrated all year with concerts and recordings of his music. There has also been more discussion about whether his music was written in support of Russia's communist government, or in protest against it.

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