heinee14212 (film, music, literature) 10

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INTRODUCTION Of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 147 published works, thirty-three are original complete film scores, and another four film scores contain some music either composed or arranged in part by Shostakovich. His film scores comprise just over twenty-five percent of his published music. Shostakovich composed music for films of many genres and even wrote two scores for animated films, The Silly Little Mouse , op. 56 ( Глупый мышонок ), and The Tale of a Priest and His Servant Balda , op. 36 ( Сказка о попе и работнике его Балде ). Shostakovich’s first film score, The New Babylon , op. 18 ( Новый Бабилон ), was composed in 1929 when he was just twenty- four years old. His final film score, King Lear , op. 137 ( Король Лир ), was completed in 1970, five years before his death.
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Unformatted text preview: Shostakovich composed film music throughout his career, and before any of his music was published, worked as a pianist in several cinemas in St. Petersburg. Seventeen of the thirty-seven film scores were composed prior to World War II. 1 However, after Stalin’s death in 1953, Shostakovich only composed eleven film scores, including the four that were not wholly original compositions. His film music output diminished as he aged, and in his later life, he chose to compose only as a favor to directors who were personal friends. Two of his last three films, Hamlet , op. 1 I am considering the publication of the Symphony No. 7 in C major , op. 60, to be the first composition of the war years. The “Leningrad” Symphony was completed in December of 1941 and premiered in March of 1942. 1...
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