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The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich

Joan Titus


In the late 1920s, Dmitry Shostakovich emerged as one of the first Soviet film composers. With his first score for the silent film New Babylon (1928–29) and the many sound scores that followed, he was positioned to observe and participate in the changing politics of the film industry and to negotiate the role of the film composer. This book provides an examination of Shostakovich as a composer for early Soviet cinema, and the relationship between musical narration, audience, filmmaker, and composer. Six case studies selected from Shostakovich’s early film scores, from 1928 through 1936, are th ... More

Keywords: Soviet, cinema, film music, Shostakovich, cultural politics, intelligibility, Kozintsev, Lenfil’m, manuscripts, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199315147
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Titus, author
Assistant Professor of Musicology, University of North Carolina - Greensboro