Dmitri Shostakovich

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  • Shostakovich A Yurodivy Case Study

    Solomon Volkov argues that Shostakovich was anti-Soviet, diametrically opposed to the Stalinist regime, who communicated dissent through hidden messages coded within his music. Laurel Fay, an American musicologist, disagrees with Volkov, stating that Shostakovich was a devout communist who respected and feared Stalin’s regime, and relied on Stalin’s favor to continue composing even as fellow artists and musicians were purged from the state and from memory. Fay argues that Shostakovich has been propped up as anti-communist to increase his appeal to Western audiences. Allan Ho presents Shostakovich as a sarcastic critic of the Soviet state, who was wise enough to understand open dissent could cost him his life, and thusly concealed his rebellious thoughts within his music and personal interactions. Each of these scholars submits that Shostakovich used his music as a vehicle for his personal feelings or beliefs, but fail to acknowledge the contradictions that arise when comparing his early compositions to the ones written near the end of his…

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  • Effects Of Communism On Shostakovich

    Communism and its effect on Shostakovich The music of Dimitri Shostakovich has been steeped in political turmoil for its entire existence. Shostakovich was one of many notable composers to arise in the twentieth century and he and his music were both handled very carefully by the Communist Party in Russia at the time. While Shostakovich had a deep love of his homeland, often criticising composers who left after the revolution, he was also very critical of the social injustice present in their…

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  • The Disappearing Spoon Summary

    Sam Kean, a Washington D.C. writer with works in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, The Believer, Air & Space, Science, and The New Scientist, has created a user-friendly book about how to explain the periodic table and the elements that occupy it by writing the book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of Elements. He provides an insight into the world of chemistry that relates to his audience, even…

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  • Who Is John Murray The Father Of Oceanography

    took great pride in finding out about the Deep-Sea Deposits and how the Coral Reef formed (Sir John Murray | biography). This gave him the driving passion to continue to search the ocean for many years to come. During this time (1870-1910) some of the biggest discoveries and advancements in science happened, such as when Dmitri Mendeleev invented the periodic table. Since a boy Mendeleev had been enthusiastic about chemistry and was determined to make a major discovery in it. Originally he had…

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  • How Did Demitri Mendeleeve Invented The Periodic Table

    Demitri Mendeleeve was a Russian chemist who invented the first periodic table in 1869. The periodic table he made was very different from the modern day periodic table we know today. Henry Moseley updated Mendeleev's version of the periodic table in 1915. This is more like the periodic table that we know and use today. The only difference is that there has been many more elements added. Mendeleeve also had predicted a lot of the characteristics and properties of elements that would fill up…

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  • Joseph Stalin Cult Of Personality Essay

    was deeply religious, and thus his studies in science and of the universe were filtered through a religious lense. This leads to the investigation of when is it justified to let personal biases judge the outcomes of a situation? It is because of these personal biases that Sir Isaac Newton argued that the six planets that were known at the time orbited in the same direction as a result of the Creator, and noted that “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed…

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  • Salbutamol: Chiral Chemistry By Louis Pasteur

    Salbutamol Discovery Chiral chemistry was introduced in 1848 by French chemist and biologist, Louis Pasteur. He discovered this new branch of chemistry after he separated two isomers of ammonium tartate (1). This paved the way for several progressions in the pharmaceutical industry. Although it took approximately a century for scientists to use chiral compounds as effective drugs, they have played a remarkable role in the life of plants and animals (1). The credit for discovering the chiral…

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  • Scandium Research Paper

    How are elements useful for a particular use? An element is made from one type of atom and this article is about the element Scandium. Scandium was discovered in the year 1879 by Scientist Lars Fredrik Nilson in the university of Uppsala. The origin of the name comes from the word Scandia, which is the latin name for Scandinavia. This element belongs to group 3 which consists of transition metals and Scandium shares this group with the element Yttrium. There are 4 groups in the periodic table…

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  • Symphony For The City Of The Dead Analysis

    describe it as either thoughtful or a saddening piece. The main character in my book is a famous Russian composer by the name of Dmitri Shostakovich who wrote emotional symphonies, operas, and ballets for the people around him. “May 12, 1926, was a date Shostakovich called his “second birth”. He celebrated it for the rest of his life. It was the day his First Symphony was performed by a full orchestra, the Leningrad Philharmonic”(Anderson 54). Dmitri was only nineteen years old when it was…

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  • Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 Analysis

    eloquently articulate emotions in a way in which words do not suffice. Emotions can be generalized as jovial or lugubrious, stern or radiant, but classical music mixes all them. Modern 20th century composer Dmitri Shostakovich composed a range of musical works, ranging from operas to symphonies. However, one work often overlooked are his pieces for string quartets. Being strictly influenced by the political situation of the USSR, the emotions evoked are profound in this particular facet of his…

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