SHOSTAKOVICH, Dmitri, 1906-1975

Sonate für Viola und Klavier / Sonata for Viola and Piano, op.147. Facsimile Edition

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[Hamburg], c.2000. 24 x 32 cm, 8, 68 pp. Color facsimile of the autograph fair copy issued on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the composer’s death. The Sonata for Viola is Dmitri Shostakovich's last work, receiving its premiere on October 1, 1975, after the composer's death. As is the case with other works of Shostakovich, quotations from his earlier compositions as well as quotations and reminiscences from works by other composers play an important role in the Viola Sonata. During the days of its composition the composer wrote an open letter to the musicians of the world: “By building bridges into the future we must take care not to burn the bridges connecting today’s culture to its immortal past”; the Viola Sonata demonstrates this living connection between times and cultures with hypnotic power. Preface in Ger-Eng-Rus by Manashir Jakubov. Hardbound. $114

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