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Dmitry Shostakovich and the Soviet state ideology

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The composer Dmitri Shostakovich worked in a country where the state materialized in the Communist Party zealously watched over all the arts. My research interest is to by basis of scores studies examine how he balanced between composing music after the regime´s dictates and to say what he actually wanted. Documents written during the Soviet era are all subject to censorship and self-censorship, and therefore interpretation of these documents must be done with careful criticism of the sources.