People who know me, know I am a big Heavy Metal fan ,and one of my favourite tracks is called Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth.But this blog is about a different Symphony, a Symphony which was composed and first performed amidst great destruction.
The piece of music is common;y known as the Leningrad Symphony, It was Dmitri Shostakovich 7th Symphony.
The disturbing news of the German attack on the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, had reached Leningrad at midday June 22 as Molotov announced the attack via loudspeakers throughout the city.
The 35-year-old composer Shostakovich was head of the Leningrad Conservatoire’s piano department. He began work on his Seventh Symphony in the first hot days of July.
He had volunteered for the army but was dismissed because of his poor eyesight.
Instead he became a volunteer for the Leningrad Conservatory’s firefighter brigade. However as a musician he set his talents to…
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