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A Shostakovich Casebook
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One
1. Shostakovich versus Volkov
2. Volkov's Testimony Reconsidered
Part Two
3. A Side-by-Side Comparison of Texts from Testimony with Their Original Sources
4. A Pitiful Fake
5. The Bedbug
6. The Official Dossier
7. Notes from the Soviet Archives on Volkov's Testimony
8. An Episode in the Life of a Book
9. An Answer to Those Who Still Abuse Shostakovich
10. On Solomon Volkov and Testimony
11. The Regime and Vulgarity
12. Shostakovich's World is Our World
13. Shostakovich Remembered
Part Three
14. A Link in the Chain
15. Aperspective on Soviet Musical Culture during the Lifetime of Shostakovich
16. The Latest "New Shostakovich"
17. Dialogues about Shostakovich
Part Four
18. Ian MacDonald's The New Shostakovich
19. Elizabeth Wilson's Shostakovich
20. A Response to Papers by Allan Ho and Dmitri Feofanov
21. Whose Shostakovich?
22. The Shostakovich Variations
23. Shostakovich
24. Laurel Fay's Shostakovich
25. When Serious Music Mattered
Selected Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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Winner of the 2005 Deems Taylor award for the article,"Volokov's Testimony Reconsidered" by Laurel E. Fay

About the Author

Malcolm Hamrick Brown, a world-renowned authority on Russian and Soviet music, is the founding editor of the Russian Music Studies series at Indiana University Press.

Reviews

"The book ... includes ... valuable essays and interviews, which move beyond the scholarly controversy to sketch a nuanced picture of Shostakovich's life under a totalitarian regime... The 'Casebook' contributors compellingly warn of replacing one mask with another, one black-and-white myth with its simple inversion." --New York Times "... an important and readable collection... It presents a devastating critique of Volkov's claims and scholarly practices in Testimony." --New York Review of Books "The book ... includes ... valuable essays and interviews, which move beyond the scholarly controversy to sketch a nuanced picture of Shostakovich's life under a totalitarian regime... The "Casebook" contributors compellingly warn of replacing one mask with another, one black-and-white myth with its simple inversion."-- New York Times "...an important and readable collection... It presents a devastating critique of Volkov's claims and scholarly practices in Testimony ." --New York Review of Books "...this book achieves what it sets out to do ... As a work of scholarship, it is consistently first-rate." --CAML Review "The entire Casebook consists of essays focusing directly or indirectly on Testimony, and almost all destroy Volkov's credibility with compelling authority." --New Leader "What a pleasure to read so many intelligent essays." --American Record Guide "[A Shostakovich Casebook] presents the views of respected individuals, some of whom knew Dmitri Dmitrievich personally. I believe their opinions are very important, and I am grateful for their publication in this book." -- Mstislav Rostropovich "A Shostakovich Casebook is more then than merely the latest salvo to be fired in the 'Shostakovich Wars'. It is the decisive knockout punch, and deserves a place on the bookshelf of those who want to learn about Shostakovich's music, life and times."--S.E.E.R., 85, 1, 2007

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