This Day in Music – 1942: Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony Debuts in America

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Perhaps one of the most idiosyncratic composers, Dmitry Shostakovich became a symbol of anti-totalitarianism and a bulwark against Axis powers. Symphony No. 7, considered by many to be his greatest work, was originally dedicated to the achievements of Vladimir Lenin, but later to the completion of Leningrad and the power of its people. With latent poignancy and impassioned melodies, the Symphony would become a powerful propaganda tool used both by the Americans and the Soviets to promote an allied resistance to the German encroachment. Though receiving mixed reviews in America for its bombast, the Symphony was a success after its debut led by Italian conductor, Arturo Toscanini.

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich Symphony No 7 in C major, Op 60


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Editorial Assistant Weiyu Dang currently lives in Montreal because of his intense affection for the STM. While he attends McGill to pursue a double major in English and History, Young Wei purposefully lives far from school to capitalize on the metro commute potential. Musical interests include Bartok, Hard Bop, and YG. Weiyu worked for La Scena Musicale from July 4th to August 1st, 2016.

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