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Alexander Shchetynsky

Double Reflection (Prelude in Memory of D. Shostakovich)
for piano
(2006)

The piece reflects my perception of music, personality and life of Dmitry Shostakovich. Being a target of absurd criticism under Stalin regime and later an official showcase of Soviet culture, in his music Shostakovich expressed deep and sincere resistance to any violence and inhumanity. In my piece, two images are confronted: unbalanced brute force and out-of body meditation. In the last section I used the simple tune of 9-year-old Shostakovich that was cited by the author in his late Suite on verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

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