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Written in Secret Musical Codes: Shostakovich's 10th Symphony

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)

Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who had been in and out of favor with Soviet authorities for decades, wrote his 10th symphony in 1953 - the year Stalin died. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the work is both political and personal, with parts written in musical code.

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, on WRTI, Stephane Deneve leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony and Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

http://youtu.be/XKXQzs6Y5BY

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Listen to WRTI's Susan Lewis talk with Maestro Deneve about the similarities between these two great composers, as well as Shostakovich's use of musical codes.