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Shostakovich (1906-1975)

  • Following a visit to Dresden in 1960 he completed his 8th string quartet.
  • Intended for public performance in concert hall.
  • Alex Ross described it as 'scathing self punishing'
  • The work has been subject to speculation concerning the motivation behind its creation.
  • Dedication to the victimes of fascism and war- appears to be a cover up of his own personal anguish.

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