Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (photo Tully Potter)
Born: 1906
Died: 1975

Shostakovich at his best is among the most vital and original of 20th-century composers in music notable for rapid exchange of emotional extremes (very Russian) from the sublime to the banal, sarcastic wit to brooding melancholy. He uses modern compositional techniques but never abandons tonality. 

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