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How Shostakovich Changed My Mind by [Stephen Johnson]

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How Shostakovich Changed My Mind is one of the most powerful, honest, and profound revelations that exists on what it is that music means and does: it’s just an essential document.” —Tom Service, Music Matters (BBC)


“The book ranges well beyond Shostakovich’s work, and explores how we perceive music, the distorting effects of depression and how music can reconnect us to emotions and fellow humanity... Johnson argues that Shostakovich...testified on behalf of fellow humanity, his music concerned with ‘we’ rather than ‘I’. Part of Shostakovich’s attraction is that while he suffers he knows—and reminds his fellow sufferers—that we do not suffer alone.” —BBC Music Magazine

"Strangely, anguished music can be the most comforting: using a delicate, self-deprecating style and references encompassing everything from Greek drama to the Moomins, Johnson explores the way Shostakovich provides catharsis, transforming the personal ‘I’ into the collective ‘we.’ Profoundly moving."The Sunday Times, “The Best Classical Music Books of 2018”

"How Shostakovich Changed my Mind is short enough and eloquent enough to read comfortably at a single two-hour stretch, without skipping over a single word…Many readers will surely find ideas in it that resonate with their own experience of Shostakovich’s music, and be grateful for having so many of them gathered so tightly together.”Gramophone
"Strangely, anguished music can be the most comforting: using a delicate, self-deprecating style and references encompassing everything from Greek drama to the Moomins, Johnson explores the way Shostakovich provides catharsis, transforming the personal ‘I’ into the collective ‘we.’ Profoundly moving.” The Sunday Times, “The Best Classical Music Books of 2018"
“Stephen Johnson is one of our most sensitive and thoughtful music critics, and this book, written from the heart about a composer whom he loves and admires, will prove to be a landmark in the understanding of its subject.” —Sir Roger Scruton 
 
“I started reading and was hooked. Within a few pages I knew I had fallen into the company of the most wonderful interlocutor. Stephen Johnson take the reader from the most profound meditations on music, to delicious anecdotes about Shostakovich, to penetrating observations about the nature of art and the way it may rescue us from despair. I finished it inspired by a sense of human possibility.” —Raymond Tallis

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Stephen Johnson has taken part in several hundred radio programs and documentaries, including Radio 3’s weekly series Discovering Music. He is also a presenter on the Classic Arts podcast series Archive Classics. He contributed as a commentator and narrator to Tony Palmer’s controversial film about the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, O Thou Transcendent, and to Palmer’s Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter. He lives in England. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07GMQ26LP
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Notting Hill Editions (May 14, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 14, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 429 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 108 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Dr. V. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful exploration of how a titan of music speaks - in so many ways - to a troubled mind. Beautifully produced - do buy it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars The latter is delivered succinctly and without self-indulgence and the whole delivers an intelligent and sensitive insight into both the mind and music ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book
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