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30 November 2017

In Celebration of Shostakovich: 30/11/17 SOLD OUT

This evening is now sold out - returns only

Following the terrific success of our musical celebration of Schubert earlier this year, we are delighted to present the same team,  this time on Shostakovich. 

30th November 2017 at 7.30pm in the Library Keats Grove NW3 2RR

The Sumatra Quartet led by Norbert Blume, will perform chamber work, and Lee Montague will read  excerpts from Julian Barnes' novel "The Noise of Time" to illustrate the Composer's Life

Tickets are £10 from the Library (020 7431 1266) and on line from - link to follow

Dmitri Shostakovich born on 25th Sept 1906 in St Petersburg. He was a leading Russian composer of the 20th century. He wrote 15 symphonies ranging from the first an exuberant work of his student days, to the patriotic seventh, which celebrated the siege of Leningrad in the Second World War, and the darker more introspective tenth.  Shostakovich's orchestral works also include six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His solo piano works include two sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music. 

Shostakovich periodically encountered official disapproval. In 1936 his opera  Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was denounced and withdrawn after it had angered Stalin. He was denounced again in 1948 but after the death of Stalin he joined the Communist Party.  Shostakovich, while admitting certain “errors”, remained larger than the vagaries of bureaucracy and avoided compromising his status as a major artist.  He died on 9th August 1975

Julian Barnes’ novel about Shostakovich The Noise of Time was published in 2016.

He is the author of twelve novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table andPulse; four collections of essays; and two books of non-fiction, Nothing to be Frightened Of and the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Levels of Life. He lives in London

"Julian Barnes’ novel deftly evokes the complexity of Shostakovich’s relationship with Stalin and the power of his oeuvre… Thick with period detail… The book returns us to the music itself, that immense 20th-century oeuvre that contains everything but confirms nothing." (Hedley Twidle Financial Times)