Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

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Introduction

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pp. 1-3

The piano works of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–75) are among the most precious musical treasures of the twentieth century. Diverse and exciting, they have become an indispensable part of the piano repertoire and are to be found in the repertoire lists of international piano competitions and the syllabi of music schools...

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1. Early Works

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pp. 4-42

Existing information on the Five Preludes is scarce. Although first published in 1966 (Muzgiz no. 3184), these preludes are among Shostakovich’s earliest creations. They originally belonged to the still unpublished set of Eight Preludes, op. 2, composed between the autumn of 1919 and the spring of 1920...

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2. Mature Works

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pp. 43-94

By 1932, at the age of twenty-six, Shostakovich had achieved renown as a composer, with three symphonies, two ballets (The Golden Age and The Bolt), two operas (The Nose and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District), and numerous works for screen and stage to his name. Yet, he had written nothing...

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3. The Masterpiece

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pp. 95-192

The period from 1946 to 1953 (the year of Stalin’s death) saw a new terror, in which repression of the arts reached an apogee. Shostakovich was among the composers condemned in the Communist Party’s 1948 “antiformalism” decree. Following the publication of this decree, he was removed from his...

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4. Works for Children

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pp. 193-208

Unlike Béla Bartók, Shostakovich never taught piano or showed any interest in pedagogical works. In fact, were it not for his young daughter Galina, who had turned eight and was just starting to play the piano, we would likely not have this beautiful set of seven easy piano pieces entitled...

Notes

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pp. 209-220

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 221-224

Index

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pp. 225-229