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David Hurwitz is founder and executive editor of ClassicsToday.com, the Internet's first and only daily classical music magazine, and founder and chairman of the Cannes Classical Awards. He is author of the Dvorak, Haydn, Mahler, and Mozart, titles in the Unlocking the Master series.
For most of my life I never appreciated the music of Shostakovich. It's only recently, at 63, that I can't get enough of his music and learn enough about this man's genius. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pdxdennis
I bought this book as a "read-along" to better understand the forms of the various movements in Shostakovich's symphonies and concertos. Read morePublished 20 months ago by KenOC
Yes, it would be nice to have some music examples, but Dr. Hurwitz's book is, nevertheless, a splendid and reliable guide to all (but one! Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by Ivan Weiser
I have to agree with the reviewer who wrote "...[h]ere is the problem: this book, like so many books on music written recently, takes the position that it would be the kiss of... Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by Thomas Martin
I found this most interesting and easy to read. Hurwitz has whimsical style that makes it easy to be informed and entertained. Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by Nathan V. Plafker
Born in 1906 Shostakovich lived through the communist years in the Soviet Union. This book covers Shostakovich from his first symphony, completed when he was 19 through his next 14... Read morePublished on June 18, 2006 by John Matlock