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Dmitri Shostakovich – what may remain fresh and strong

September 8, 2014

Rimsky-Korsakov: “Many things have aged and faded before our eyes and much that seems obsolete I think will eventually seem fresh and strong and eternal, if anything can be.”

Shostakovich: “What I want to say is that what may remain ‘fresh and strong’ may not be music at all, and not even creativity, but some other, more unexpected and prosaic thing, such as attentiveness toward people, toward their humdrum lives, filled with unpleasant and unexpected events, toward their petty affairs and cares, and toward their general lack of security. People have invented many curious things: the microscope, Gillette razor blades, photography, and so on and so forth, but they still haven’t invented a way of making everyone’s life tolerable.”

(from Testimony [1979])


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