February 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hello everyone. I joined a little late, but my name is Stefano. I’m a second-year music major with a concentration in conducting and composition. In addition, this semester, I will be conducting the University Wind Ensemble in concert on a piece called Festive Overture, written by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. I’m very interested in how his compositional style influenced tonality of the twentieth century. Shostakovich was a Russian composer whose mid-to-late style was influenced very heavily by the Soviet government, which scorned his usage of atonality as a method of protest of totalitarianism during Stalin’s reign.
While I am not writing a History thesis, the class Music 77 (20th Century Music History) is a requirement for all music majors and is taught by the chief scholar on Shostakovich and Stravinsky in the world, Richard Taruskin. I am sure to use the research I will acquire mediated through this class in that class when I take it.