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Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues$
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Mark Mazullo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300149432

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300149432.001.0001

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Placing the Preludes and Fugues

Placing the Preludes and Fugues

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Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues

Mark Mazullo

Yale University Press

This chapter illustrates how Shostakovich composed the Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues for Piano, which came to life during a particularly complex time in Shostakovich's life, amid conditions that have contributed greatly to the strong interpretive pull described in the previous chapter. Many discussions of the cycle place it at the heart of the composer's personal response to the events of the winter and spring of 1948, when Shostakovich, along with several of his peers, was publicly taken to task by the Central Committee of the Communist Party. To be sure, the aftershocks of the first half of 1948 were strong and long-lasting, directly and profoundly affecting Shostakovich, his family, and many of his colleagues.

Keywords:   interpretive pull, Twenty-Four Preludes, Fugues for Piano, Communist Party, personal response

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