Battle is about to resume over the ideological legacy of Dmitri Shostakovich.
One side believe that Solomon Volkov’s book Testimony consists essentially of the great composer’s thought and present him as a brave resistant to Soviet tyranny.
On the other side, the American musicologist Richard Taruskin and his international allies dismiss Testimony as fraudulent and maintain that Shostakovich was a cowering lackey who did as he was told by the regime.
The battle has gone quiet in the last couple of years, but for much longer. A document titled The Shostakovich Wars is about to be posted by Dr Allan B Ho on his university website in Illinois. The anti-Testimony side can expect a blasting. One chapter is titled:
Richard Taruskin: ‘America’s Most Brilliant Musicologist’, or Just Another ‘Neuvazhai-Koryto’? I think the Russian phrase (from Gogol) means ‘a pig who disrespects his trough’.
I will let you know as soon as the Dr Ho document goes online.