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Early 20th Century Discussion Activity

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Listen to the Third Movement from the Symphony #5 by Dmitri Shostakovich and use your text along with internet resources to respond to the following questions:

What is the historical context for this composition? When was the piece composed? Where was the piece composed? What was life like for the composer? What historical and cultural events might have influenced the composer to write this piece?

What kind of composition is this? Find a translation of the text, if necessary, and determine what kind of text it is. Where might this composition have been performed? Who might have performed the piece?

Who was Dmitri Shostakovich?

Prepare to discuss personal events in the composer’s life that may have influenced him as he composed this piece.

Draw some conclusions as to why the composer wrote this piece.

Write out your responses to the above questions before class on April 24. Submit your responses in writing in class and prepare to discuss them in class

How does this piece accomplish the composer’s goals? How does the composer express his inner life using the basic musical materials we described in the first course module?

Write your responses to the above questions and turn them in on the due date so we can discuss them in class.

http://www.lasr.cs.ucla.edu/geoff/prognotes/shostakovich/symphony5.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

http://www.pbs.org/keepingscore/shostakovich-symphony-5.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/11/05/361810167/power-and-struggle-in-a-soviet-symphony (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

http://kennethwoods.net/blog1/2012/03/15/explore-the-score-shostakovich-symphony-no-5-in-d-minor/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

http://www.markwigglesworth.com/notes/marks-notes-on-shostakovich-symphony-nos-5-6-10/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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