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Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony is one filled with brutality, uncertainty and utter beauty. The piece was written in the early 1940’s as a response to the German invasion of Leningrad. It was then considered an anti-war symbol to both Russians and the world but today is played as a remembrance of the effects of war and the human struggle. The Shepherd School Symphony will perform this massive work in its entirety, February 3rd, 2012, at 8pm.
An excerpt from Jonathan Kramer’s Listen to the Music:
The most moving performance took place on 9 August 1942. There were only 15 members of the Philharmonic left in Leningrad, but they resolved to perform the symphony dedicated to their besieged city. The word went out throughout Leningrad for all musicians, from whatever groups, to assemble. One of the organizers recounted, ‘My God, how thin many of them were! How these people livened up when we started to ferret them out of their dark apartments. We were moved to tears when they brought out their concert clothes, their violins and cellos and flutes, and rehearsal began!’. A score was sent from Moscow in a medical transport plane, and conductor, Karl Eliasberg, upon seeing that a huge orchestra was called for, realized that he still did not have enough musicians. The military command agreed to release the needed players from the front lines. A special order was given to knock out the enemy guns near the concert hall, so that the music could be heard. The concert took place and it was broadcast as a ray of hope to the citizens of Leningrad.
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