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Stalin's Music PrizeSoviet Culture and Politics$
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Marina Frolova-Walker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300208849

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300208849.001.0001

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Shostakovich: Hits and Misses

Shostakovich: Hits and Misses

(p.90) Chapter Four Shostakovich: Hits and Misses
Stalin's Music Prize

Marina Frolova-Walker

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the Stalin Prize history of Dmitry Shostakovich, who won in 1950 and 1952. It begins with an analysis of the debate in the Stalin Prize Committee over Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony, first in 1944 and again in 1945, and how the work tested the boundaries of musical Socialist Realism. It then turns to Shostakovich's two other works that were considered prize material: the Second String Quartet and the Piano Trio No. 2. It also examines the Ninth Symphony and the Third Quartet, along with Song of the Forests and The Fall of Berlin for which Shostakovich received the Stalin Prize in 1950. Finally, it looks at the Ten Poems on texts by revolutionary poets, op. 88, which ostensibly continued along Shostakovich's ‘realist’ path.

Keywords:   Stalin Prize, Dmitry Shostakovich, Stalin Prize Committee, Eighth Symphony, Socialist Realism, Second String Quartet, Piano Trio No. 2, Ninth Symphony, Song of the Forests, The Fall of Berlin

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