Shostakovich at a soccer match

Shostakovich at a soccer match


norman lebrecht

December 05, 2014

Not a Chelski supporter.

shostakovich at a soccer match

Taken in the 1940s.

h/t DSCH Shostakovich Journal

Name five composers who were fanatical soccer fans. Go on.


  • Carlos says:

    Golijov, I am sure.

  • Jonathan Grieves-Smith says:

    Goliyov is, not was!

    James MacMillan too, I believe

  • Lawrence Kershaw says:

    Colin Matthews; big Orient fan

  • Pirkko says:

    The Finn Osmo-Tapio Räihälä who wrote has written many pieces about Everton.

  • Tommy says:

    Michael Nyman (QPR)
    Mark Anthony Turnage (Arsenal)
    Edward Elgar (Wolves)
    James MacMillan (Celtic)
    Benedict Mason

  • Ian Munro says:

    He was actually a qualified football referee.

  • Rob van der Hilst says:

    And of course the Dutch composer Mr. Robert Zuidam!

  • Duncan McLennan says:

    I have seen a newspaper photo of Shostakovich at a West Ham match during one of his permitted visits ti the UK. I believe he was an avid supporter of the club. He would have been pleased about their recent form.

  • Anna W. says:

    Earlier this year I played a composition from Mexican composer Enrico Chapela called “Inguesu!”, which depicts the final match of de FIFA Confederation Cup 1999, when Mexico won over Brasil.
    Interesting piece, even for me who usually doesn’t like contemporary music that much…

  • Michael Schaffer says:

    That’s easy:


  • Joel V. says:

    Oh come on !

    Have you all forgotten ..??

    Kamran Ince – Symphony No. 5 “Galatasaray”

    Apropos, I also believe that Kalevi Aho wrote a hymn for FC Lahti.

  • Hilary says:

    A rare photograph of Shostakovich smiling. I daresay, the only one!