The ninth symphony was originally intended to be a celebration to the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. But then Shostakovich dropped the composition for three months. He resumed working on the symphony on 26 July 1945 and finished composing on 30 August 1945. The symphony turned out to be a completely different work as he had originally planned, with neither soloists nor chorus and the mood was much lighter than expected. He forewarned listeners, In character, the Ninth Symphony differs sharply from my preceding symphonies, the Seventh and the Eighth. If the Seventh and the Eighth symphonies bore a tragic-heroic character, then in the Ninth a transparent, pellucid, and bright mood predominates. The work has five movements, the last three played without interruption:
5. Allegretto - Allegro
A typical performance lasts for around 26 minutes, which is among the shortest of the symphonies by Shostakovich. (Only the Second is shorter) The symphony is a playful and vivid work, with a neo-classical air that has led to comparisons with Haydn. Shostakovich himself considered it 'a joyful little piece'.
Performed by Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi Oleg Caetani (Conductor)
(born , Feb. 23, 1878, near Kiev, Russia died May 15, 1935, Leningrad) Russian painter and designer. He discovered Cubism on a trip to Paris in 1912 and returned to lead the Russian Cubist movement. In 1915 he exhibited paintings more abstractly geometrical than any seen before, consisting of simple geometrical forms painted in a limited palette, a style he called Suprematism. In 1917 18 he created his well-known White on White series, austere images of a white square floating on a white background. In 1919 he joined Marc Chagall at his revolutionary art school in Vitebsk, where he exerted a strong influence on El Lissitzky. In the 1920s he returned to representational painting but could not accede to the government's demand for Socialist Realism. Though his career was doomed, he greatly influenced Western art and design.
Video: ART of Kazimir Malevich: 1080p VC-1 Slideshow Presentation includes: * 1912 Morning in the Country after Snowstorm * 1912 The Woodcutter * 1912-13 Reaper on Red Background * 1914 The Aviator * 1914 An Englishman in Moscow * 1914 Soldier of the First Division * 1915 Black Square and Red Square * 1915 Red Square: Painterly Realism of a Peasant Woman in Two Dimensions * 1915 Suprematist Composition * 1915 Suprematism (1915) * 1915 Suprematist Painting: Aeroplane Flying * 1915 Suprematism: Self-Portrait in Two Dimensions * 1915-16 Suprematist Painting (Ludwigshafen) * 1916 Suprematist Painting (1916) * 1916 Supremus No. 56 * 1916-17 Suprematism (1916-17) * 1917 Suprematist Painting (1917) * 1928-32 Complex Presentiment: Half-Figure in a Yellow Shirt * 1932-34 Running Man and many more.
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