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D. Shostakóvich: Chamber Symhpony Op. 110a. J. S. Bach: Contrapunctus 1, from The Art of Fugue BWV 1080

12/3/2018

Three days were enough for Shostakovich to compose his String Quartet No. 8. Shocked after visiting the ruins of Dresden in 1960, the Soviet composer wrote a moving work that he dedicated “to the victims of fascismo and war” and which uses the notes D, E flat, C and B as its main motive, forming the anagram DSCH (his musical signature) in German notation. A short time later, Rudolf Barshai, who was very close to Shostakovich, converted the piece into a Chamber Symphony.   

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