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Testimony; the Memoirs of Dmitry Shostakovich

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Since the time of his death, Dmitry Shostakovich's place in the pantheon of 20th century composers has become more commanding and more celebrated, while his musical legacy, with all of its wonderfully varied richness, is performed with increasing frequency throughout the world.

This seemingly endless surge of interest can be attributed, at least in part, to Testimony, the powerful memoirs of the ailing composer dictated to the young Russian musicologist Solomon Volkov. When Testimony was first published in the West in 1979, it became an international bestseller, receiving the coveted ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, and was called "the book of the year" by The Times of London. More recently, the authoritative New Grove Dictionary stated "Testimony changed the perception of Shostakovich's life and work dramatically, and influenced innumerable performances of his music." The Guardian proclaimed Testimony to be the "most influential music book in the 20th century." And Vladimir Ashkenazy in his new foreward to this 25th anniversary edition writes, "Shostakovich sublimated his personal experience to the level of universality. For that we should be eternally grateful to him. And Testimony helped countless Western music lovers to re-evaluate Shostakovich's message. For this, we should be grateful to Solomon Volkov."







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