Dmitri Shostakovich

D. Shostakovich Signed Superb Hand-Addressed Envelope



D. Shostakovich Signed Superb Hand-Addressed Envelope

 

Soviet era postal cover hand-addressed overall in Russian by composer Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1906-1975). Signed by him as "D. Shostakovich" along center bottom. Pale blue envelope with Soviet emblem (stylized hammer and sickle crest) in red at upper left. Integral stamp (CPA 3417) postmarked at upper right recto. Also postmarked from Moscow verso. Letter-opened at top, and with expected light wear, else near fine. 6.125" x 4.375".

 

Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the Soviet Union's most acclaimed modern composers, signed and inscribed the return address section of this envelope, circa 1966. His correspondent Anna Shininskaya was then living at his Moscow address.

 

In 1966, Shostakovich produced his Cello Concerto No. 2, Opus 126. The 35-minute-long piece in three movements, written for strings, brass, and percussion instruments, would premier in Moscow in September 1966. It was performed by the U.S.S.R. State Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Shostakovich's friend and fellow composer Yevgeny Svetlanov (1928-2002).

 

Dmitri Shostakovich had shown considerable musical ability as a child, and after an intense education, soon became one of Russia's leading composers. He was musically inspired by Igor Stravinsky, Gustav Mahler, and other contemporaries, and explored folk music and Jewish themes. Although ultimately Shostakovich was recognized by the Soviet Union as one of its most significant composers, Shostakovich had had a tense relationship with various party leaders, policies, and ideologies throughout his lifetime. His musical approach and output led to at least two official denunciations, and a genuine fear of reprisal that could have included arrest, deportation to a work camp, or execution. Historians today advance the theory that Shostakovich acted as a "secret dissident," implicitly criticizing Stalin and the Soviet Union through messages encoded in his music.

 



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