Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad  by M.T. Anderson

This is definitely one of my new favorite books. It combines two things that I really love, music and history. At first I was afraid that I would have a hard time getting through it due to it being nonfiction, but I soon discovered that it would not be an issue. I love the analysis of Shostakovich’s music under the influence of Communist rule and of learning the Russian side of things during World War II. Even though it was not a book that I would pick up to read for hours at a time, it was still really enjoyable. After I finished it, I instantly missed it and wished for more. It really made me think about classical music in a new way and inspired me to listen to music by Shostakovich. On top of that, I really enjoyed learning new facts about what happened on the Russian front during WWII. I just cannot get over how much I enjoyed reading this . It just gives so much more depth to all types of music and shows how much music is influenced by its environment. As a musician I would not necessarily recommend this to other musicians because it has to have a very particular audience of music and history. I am giving this four stars because I loved what it was about and everything that I learned, I just had a few issues with the writing style. It was confusing how it would switch between second and third person, but other then that, I really loved it!

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