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 in blue ink by Russian composer Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1906-1975). Signed by him as "D. Shostakovich" at bottom right. Pale blue envelope postmarked from Moscow at upper center recto, and also verso. Letter-opened at top. Stamp is excised. Expected light wear, else near fine. 6.25" x 4.375".


Dmitri Shostakovich, one of the Soviet Union's most acclaimed modern composers, signed and inscribed this envelope sometime in the 1960s. His correspondent Anna Shininskaya also lived in Moscow.


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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Item: 66113

Price: $750.00
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