Symphony No. 15 Op. 141

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dc.contributor.other Dmitri Shostakovich es
dc.contributor.other London Philharmonic Orchestra es
dc.contributor.other Elisabeth Söderström es
dc.contributor.other Ortrun Wenkel es
dc.contributor.other Ryszard Karczykowski es
dc.contributor.other Concertgebouw Orchestra es
dc.contributor.other Bernard Haitink es
dc.coverage.spatial Amsterdam, The Netherlands es
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-29T05:56:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-29T05:56:12Z
dc.date.copyright 1987 es
dc.date.issued 2012-07-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1845
dc.description.abstract Shostakovich's Symphony No. 15 differs in several substantial ways from his other late symphonies. The Eleventh (1957), subtitled "The Year 1905," and Twelfth (1960), subtitled "The Year 1917," are both programmatic and relate to the political and historical events associated with the year in the title. The next two symphonies have sung texts, with the Thirteenth (1962), for bass, chorus, and orchestra, carrying the subtitle "Babiy Yar" (texts by Yevtushenko), and the Symphony No. 14 (1969), for soprano and bass soloists and chamber orchestra, not really a symphony but a collection of songs based on texts by Lorca, Apollinaire, Küchelbecker, and Rilke. With the Symphony No. 15, Shostakovich's last foray in the genre, the composer at last returned to the purely instrumental and non-programmatic realm, which, one could argue, he had not revisited since the 1939 Symphony No. 6. While it is true that the Symphonies 8, 9, and 10 carry no official program, the first two are clearly associated with the war (the Ninth is a victory celebration), and the Tenth allegedly contains a portrait of Stalin in its second movement. But the Symphony No. 15 inhabits a purely emotional and intellectual plane, quite removed—as far as we know—from the world of politics and history. Yet it is generally agreed that the work is autobiographical, not in the sense that it depicts specific events, but rather that it expresses reflections on the past. The Fifteenth is also unique in that it is lightly scored throughout, certainly the leanest of the composer's purely instrumental symphonies. Shostakovich had moved in this direction with the Symphony No. 14 and had found increasing difficulty in writing in the late 1960s, owing to a nervous-system disorder—brittle-bone poliomyelitis—that gradually crippled his right hand, making simple tasks problematic and rendering the process of scoring complicated orchestral works an extremely grueling task. The Symphony No. 15 was premiered on January 8, 1972, with the composer's son Maxim conducting. A typical performance of the work lasts from 40 to 45 minutes. The work is divided into four movements: 1) Allegretto, 2) Adagio - Largo - Adagio, 3) Allegretto, and 4) Adagio - Allegretto. It stands apart from the composer's other symphonies in its quotations and near-quotations from compositions by others and by Shostakovich himself. The symphony is, in fact, chock full of these quotations. The first movement, for example, quotes the famous (Lone Ranger) theme from Rossini's William Tell overture. The Fate motif from Wagner's Ring cycle and themes from Siegfried and Tristan und Isolde appear in the finale. There are near-quotations from Tchaikovsky and Mahler, and Shostakovich alludes to themes in some of his earlier symphonies. The first movement, originally subtitled "The Toyshop," has a childlike atmosphere to its playfulness, yet at times sounds under the spell of dark and cynical forces. The second movement is long and enigmatic, having a funereal mood for much of its duration and climaxing in an outburst of what is clearly anger or frustration. The third movement is the shortest in the work (about four minutes) and is bitingly satirical, even nose-thumbing. The finale contains the most cryptic and perhaps most profound music in the work. Because it, too, appears to express the composer's thoughts on death, many have concluded that the autobiographical elements in the work are expressed in a sort of cradle-to-grave story, the first movement representing childhood and the finale the composer's final years and imminent passing. es
dc.description.tableofcontents Symphony No. 15 Op. 141 ; I Allegretto, II Adagio (Largo), III Allegretto, IV Adagio (Allegretto)-- From Jewish Folk Poetry Op. 79 ; I Lament for a dead infant, II Fussy Mummy and Auntie, III Lullaby, IV Before a long separation, V A warning, VI The deserted father, VII A song of poverty, VIII Winter, IX The good life, X A girl’s song, XI Happiness-- es
dc.format.medium 1 CD Rom (73 min., 27 seg) : Stereo 4 3/4 plg es
dc.language.iso en_US es
dc.rights Uninorte F.M Estéreo es
dc.subject.lcc 18408613 es
dc.subject.lcsh Symphonies, Song cycles, Vocal Trios with Orchestra, Folk Songs es
dc.title Symphony No. 15 Op. 141 es
dc.title.alternative From Jewish Folk Poetry Op. 79 es
dc.title.alternative Sinfonía No. 15 Op. 141 es
dc.title.alternative De la Poesía Folclórica Judía Op. 79 es
dc.title.alternative Poésies populaires juives Op. 79 es
dc.title.alternative Aus jüdischer Volkspoesie Op. 79 es
dc.language.rfc3066 eng es
dc.rights.holder The Decca Record Company Limited es
dc.identifier.classification 028941758125 es
dc.subject.cdu Schos.06 es


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