Computer Generated Music

January 23, 2014

Opera “The Nose”

nosThe Nose is Shostakovich’s first opera, a satirical work completed in 1928 based on Nikolai Gogol’s story (1836).

The opera was written between 1927 and 1928. The libretto is by Shostakovich, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin, and Alexander Preis. Shostakovich stated it was a satire on the times of Alexander I.The plot concerns a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves his face and develops a life of its own.

Gogol’s original work was expanded by borrowing from some of his other works, including “The Overcoat”, “Marriage”, …

Shostakovich uses a montage of different styles, including folk music, popular song and atonality. The apparent chaos is given structure by formal musical devices such as canons and quartets, a device taken from Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and a prominent figure of 20th-century music.

Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the USSR (from 1962 until his death).

1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Neil Ravenscroft and commented:
    I love the way Music, Sound and Image have been brought together for Shostakovitch’s first opera “The Nose”

    Comment by musicmaker1 — January 26, 2014 @ 8:04 pm | Reply


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