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Sep 26 '16 at 6:35 comment added Kilian Foth @PatMuchmore Not just crowd-pleasing, but also authority-pleasing - it carried an explicit grovelling subtitle "Practical reply of a soviet composer to justified criticism"!
Aug 31 '14 at 15:09 comment added Pat Muchmore Yep, in fact Stalin had just had Pravda explicity denounce Shostakovich and his music when he was finishing the fourth symphony. It went into rehearsals despite that, but Shostakovich withdrew it at the last minute, presumably realizing that such a strange piece would just increase the trouble he was in. The fifth was (at least in its explicit program) crowd-pleasing and patriotic.
Aug 31 '14 at 12:42 history answered Bob Broadley CC BY-SA 3.0