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Classical Notes: November 19, 2008 Archive

Shostakovich the Fireman, again...

Posted at 11:28 PM on November 19, 2008 by John Birge (1 Comments)

From the "LAist" blog:

"A group of classical musicians on their way to a Riverside Philharmonic concert this weekend were on the 91 freeway as the fire literally crossed it. They took this video (it gets crazy at 47 seconds in) and being orchestra geeks, most appropriately gave it the soundtrack of Shostakovich's Symphony #10.

"I chose this music for several reasons, but mostly because we were actually on our way to perform this piece at the Riverside Philharmonic concert that evening," wrote the videographer on the YouTube description. "We found it interesting that the music we were about to perform matched the intensity of the fires we witnessed."

The piece--specifically the 2nd movement--was also written after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. "In this composition, I wanted to portray human emotions and passions," Shostakovich wrote about his piece.

One thing the author didn't point out is that Shostakovich was a volunteer fireman during the Siege of Leningrad. Meanwhile, check out the astonishing video!

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