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A Dublin day in the life of Dmitry Shostakovich

Prof. Tim O'Brien, OrthopaedicSurgeon, 108 Lr. Dorset St., Dublin 1, Ireland.

As essay reproduced from the Irish Medical News

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When I think back to the early 1970s my mind is filled with memories of a busy and turbulent time. Winters at medical school and summers in New York and Cyprus, the nightly television bulletins of bombing and massacre in Vietnam and the Paris peace talks, Bloody Sunday and internment. I suppose it is not surprising that an event that occurred on the 6th of July 1972 passed unnoticed by me.

Shostakovich was born in St. Petersburg in Russia in 1906. These were difficult times and the city would see its name changed three times for political reasons in the following hundred years. This amused Shostavich and he would often later mockingly refer to the city of his birth as St. Leninsburg. His mother did not want to call him Dmitry but these were pre revolutionary days and the priest insisted that he be baptized with his fathers name, Dmitry. This had significant consequences later in his life when he introduced the Dsch motif into his music representing his initials This is a sequence of four notes (you would play them as D, E flat, C (before D) and B (below the C). D for Dmitry and Sch for the surname. The SCH are the German equivalents for the notes mentioned above. He was a prolific composer with 147 works with Opus numbers and at least another eighty works without numbers. His numbered works include concertos for the piano, the cello and the violin, as well as Operas, Ballets, thirty six film scores, an operetta, fifteen quartets and his crowning glory fifteen symphonies. When I first pursued his works only two CDs were available in the biggest Dublin music store but what great albums they were, the Seventh Symphony and the music to the Gadfly. Yet his music was strangely familiar. I realised that I had heard his style before. Back in the 1960s I had an aunt who lived in the U.S.A. and when she came home to visit she would bring L.P.s which were popular there, mainly operettas, but she also brought recordings of the Red Army Choir which were strangely a hit in the U.S. Among these were a number of songs of Shostakovich including The song for the Red Army and Song of the Motherland, which was the first song to be sung in outer space.

Shostakovich was the foremost Russian composer of the Soviet era. He saw the October revolution in St. Petersburg, at the time called Petrograd, and he said that he saw Lenin return to the city although he was only eleven years of age at the time. He volunteered as a fire-fighter during the Second World War when the city now called Leningrad was besieged by the German army. He and his family were airlifted out of the city and he spent the rest of the war with the Government in the city of Kuybyshev where he completed his Seventh Symphony, The Leningrad. He also survived the Stalin purges and he recounted how he was interrogated on one occasion only to be told to sort out his personal arrangements and return the following Monday. When he turned up on Monday he found that his interrogator was himself under arrest and that nobody was interested in pursuing him further. These were the unstable times of Stalin.

The works of Shostakovich were subjected to scrutiny by the Soviet administration before being published or performed. He walked a tightrope between acceptance and innovation in music and the authorities were always suspicious of his music. They invented the term formalist to describe music without tradition and they often accused him of this when he was not composing easily accessible Soviet propaganda music. They publicly criticized his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtensk and banned it from performance. He himself withdrew his Fourth Symphony realizing that it would not help his position. Some of his works were open to interpretation in two ways both for and against the administration. For example his great 11th Symphony about the events in St. Petersburg in the year 1905 could also be interpreted as a criticism of soviet involvement in Budapest. In his piece The Execution of Stepan Razin it would be easy to substitute Stalin for the Tsar in the text. During the cold war his music was never going to be popular in the west as it was associated with socialism at best and communism at worst. Today he is much more popular and almost all of his works are available in recordings. Looking for a quiet life he would not support Solzhenitsyn and Sakharov in his later years and to the consternation of many of his friends he joined the communist party. Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Laureate and author of A day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch criticized Shostakovich for using Russian freedom songs in his works as he thought that they were inappropriate in a totalitarian state. Shostakovich refused to enter into a public debate. In view of the personal and historical context of his works it is very rewarding to read a biography of his life while listening to his music. Unfortunately he did not write about his own life as he said he was a composer and not a writer.

So what happened on the 6th of July 1972? This was the date that Dmitry Shostakovich received an honorary degree of DMus at Trinity College. His visit also included a concert that featured one of his quartets orchestrated by Andre Prieur in Saint Patricks Cathedral and a courtesy visit to Aras an Uachtarain to meet with the Irish President Eamonn De Valera. I wonder did he notice on his trip through Dublin the shop of Beshoffs which was founded by a survivor from the battleship Potemkin that played such an important role in the history of his country (Click here for an interview with Ivan Beshoff) and if he would have preferred to listen to a concert not of his own music but of Irish music by Planxty or the Chieftains. Following his visit to Aras an Uachtarain he took a flight to London and so ended a famous visit to Ireland by one of the worlds greatest composers. Dmitry Shostakovich receiving his Honorary DMus at Trinity College, Dublin on July 6th 1972.

Shostakovich recieving his honary degree at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

P.S. The visit of Dmitry Shostakovich to Ireland is often referred to as a one day trip. This is untrue as his stay was at least for three days. He was accompanied by his wife, Irina Supinskaya, and a translator from the Russian Embassy in London called Tavel Nicholsevitch, Filatov. The invitation to visit was extended by Prof. A.J. McConnell, Provost of Trinity, and during the trip Prof. Ronald Hill acted as local interpreter. On Wednesday July 5th, Dmitry Shostakovich attended a concert in his honour at St. Patricks Cathedral. The New Irish Chamber Orchestra (NICO) conducted by Andre Prieur gave a performance of Vivaldis Four Seasons, followed by Brittens Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and the Chamber Symphony in C Minor (Opus 110) by Shostakovich. Dmitry Shostakovich received his Honorary Doctorate in Music from Trinity College on Thursday, the 6th of July and met with President Eamonn de Valera the following day, Friday, July 7th.


For a personal view of musical life in the Soviet Union click here.

All Compositions by Dmitri Shostakovich

A meeting with the only living survivor of the Potemkin, Ivan Beshoff in Dublin, Ireland, 1987.