How Dmitri Shostakovich Adhere From The Conventions And Traditions That Were Normalized? Classical Music
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In this essay I will be discussing the extent that Dmitri Shostakovich adhered to and rebelled from the conventions and traditions that were normalized in classical music and I will offer varied examples of the many times Shostakovich has obeyed and dissented within music throughout his career. The career span of Shostakovich extends from 1926 when he presented his first major work, Symphony No.1 to 1970 when he presented Quartet No. 7.
Born Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich on the 25th September, 1906, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the composer began his descent into classical music at the age of 9, before later moving on to study at the Petrograd conservatory. Throughout his life he compiled 15 symphonies, 15 string quartets and 36 film scores as well as many other compositions. Within his musical work and the course of his career Shostakovich managed to both adhere to traditions set within classical music as well as dissent from them, I will be exploring these.
I would first like to address what traditions are associated with classical music to highlight how Shostakovich dissented from these.
I will begin by briefly explaining the definition of chamber music, the definition of chamber music is “Instrumental music played by a small ensemble, with one player to a part, the most important form being the string quartet.” (www.oxforddictionaries.com)
Traditionally chamber music was often intended for a small and intimate audience rather than for an orchestral performance that