Reading a good book about Shostakovich right now. It’s a Young Adult book but it doesn’t shy away from any grim shit (otherwise there would be no book)
I recommend it! I love Shostakovich’s work- this book is mostly about his 7th symphony which I don’t think I’ve performed, but I’ve done 5, 8, and 10.
For a while, Shostakovich apparently slept on the landing outside his apartment with a suitcase because he didn’t want his wife and baby to be disturbed or hurt when the secret police came for him.
When he had an appointment to get interrogated, he spent the weekend saying goodbye to his family and showed up with said suitcase and waited for hours, only to be told that the man who was supposed to interrogate him had been condemned and arrested, so his appointment was canceled and he could go.
now I'm in a heck of a mood reading about what was done to Meyerhold & his wife. and as if that weren't enough I thought I'd look up Katyn ...
@deejoe you’re in for a TIME
Also, that whole shit with tukhachevsky and the red army purge, whew
@nein09 such suitcases became an icon of Soviet and now Russian dissident movement. Basically everyone who does something the government may not like, and does it for a while, has such a suitcase packed and ready for the times they get arrested. I mean, it is *still happening today* in Moscow.
@nein09 sheesh and I think this government and age is nonsensical sometimes
@compostablespork we got nothing on Stalin, thank goodness, at least we can say that
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