999 Spring 2019 The Enigma of Shostakovich
Monday, 11:50–1:15, May 13
Instructor: Jon Goldberg
The years following the Russian Revolution saw the establishment of a brutally repressive Communist regime. This was a difficult time for all the arts as creativity was to be used only for the glorification of the state. Many composers, including Prokofiev and Stravinsky, fled to the West. However, Shostakovitch stayed, spending the rest of his life in a continuous cycle of disgrace or approval, at times fearing for his very life. Was his music compromised? There is no easy answer. We will take a close look at several of Shostakovich’s compositions as we look for clues to unravel this enigma.
Jon Goldberg holds a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music and teaches music theory at NOVA. He is founder and conductor of the Endymion Ensemble, an internationally recognized chamber orchestra that has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall and has several recordings. He conducted the world premiere of the orchestral version of Night Journey, written by William Schuman for Martha Graham, and recorded it for CRI records. He also arranged the chamber orchestra version of William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus for cello and orchestra, and conducted the world premiere of that work with the Endymion Ensemble.