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Shostakovich and Ustvolskaya – 30 March 2019

Galina Ustvolskaya – Poem No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 4

30 March 2019, 7.30pm
Hammersmith Town Hall, London

Marc Dooley, conductor
Tom Evans, leader

Part of our 60th Anniversary Season

About this concert

Shostakovich’s dazzling Fourth Symphony was withdrawn due to Soviet censure before its scheduled 1936 premiere. The symphony, scored for an enormous orchestra of over 100 musicians, wasn’t heard publicly until almost 30 years later. When the piece was finally performed, the composer told a friend: “In many ways, it seems to me the Fourth is better than the symphonies that came after.”

Galina Ustvolskaya

Galina Ustvolskaya in 1955 (ustvolskaya.org)

Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) taught composition at the Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music. She was a pupil of Shostakovich, but developed her own distinctive compositional style, of which she said, “There is no link whatsoever between my music and that of any other composer, living or dead.” Shostakovich himself wrote, “It is not me who has influenced you; you have influenced me.”

A guide to Galina Ustvolskaya’s music (Tom Service, The Guardian)

The Inner Mountain: Memories of Galina Ustvolskaya (VAN Magazine)