Pic of the month: What tf does a composer have to do….?

© 2009 Irina Antonovna Shostakovich/Artistic Director Oksana Dvornichenko



1 Which is it, Svetlanov: The dog ate your score, or you left it with Brezhnev’s girlfriend?

2 They are serving WHAT for lunch in the canteen?

3 You’re telling me Mourinho’s still manager of Man. United?

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  • Look, Dmitri, it’s a fine way to sign off your symphonic cycle, but you do know that ‘Tristan’ is still in copyright, yes?

  • My fly on the wall – she’s very old now – tells me that was because DS suddenly remembered he was cooking some milk at home while his wife was on an expedition to find some eggs in town.

  • Sorry to bother you, Mitya, but I’ve just checked my phone and I thought you’d like to know Zenit just missed TWO penalties. Can you believe that?

  • He had just been informed that it was David Oistrakh’s 59th birthday — and here he had gone and written the Violin Concerto No. 2 thinking it was a lovely 60th birthday present. “Damn, now I’ll have to compose a violin sonata or something just so I’m not the only one at the party without a 60th birthday present for him.”

  • “What do you mean, I am Jewish?” My family, Shostak, is related to him, through his ancestry from Belarus. No documentation exists thus far, but that doesn’t matter, because these things were hidden.

  • Can’t they read my metronome marking? Its 144 to the half note! Not 144 to the quarter note!!!! My music is not meant to be comfortable!!!

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