Shostakovich in the United States of America : timelines, commentaries, and photographs for his three visits
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] During the Cold War Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), the emblematic Soviet composer of the twentieth century, made three visits to his country's avowed enemy, the United States. By collecting information on these American travels and giving commentary, I have assembled relevant materials in one place like no other scholar has done before. Analyzing the travel -- and in particular the American reactions to Shostakovich's experiences -- shed light on the relations between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, especially in the realm of music and cultural exchange. Materials for my study include general biographies, scholarly writings on the composer and on his political and cultural roles, memoirs of individuals he met, sources addressing the nature of Soviet music, and primary sources from American media of the time. For each of the three visits I have constructed a detailed timeline of Shostakovich-s daily activities, official responsibilities, and personal interactions while in the United States and provided a descriptive essay in which I call attention to and assess historical significance, as well as a list of all photographs. By considering the motivations for these trips, the circumstances of the travel and public appearances, and the disseminated reactions, I have assembled a study that will represent a new addition to the large body of Shostakovich research.
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