'How Shostakovich Changed My Mind' Touches On The Music-Body Connection

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Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer-member of the Soviet delegation to the Cultural and Scientific conference for World Peace, plays the second movement of his Fifth Symphony at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 27, 1949.

BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson’s remarkably diverse aesthetic and personal sensitivity are on full display in his new book on the Russian composer’s music — and his own personal struggles.

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