On This Day (January 28)…The Hammer (and Sickle) Drop on Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich opened Pravda, the state newspaper of the Soviet Union, today in 1936. Pravda logo. Retrieved from here. Within it was an article titled “Muddle Instead of Music”, a scathing criticism of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. It alleged that the innovations which had so won over listeners around the world were, in … Continue reading On This Day (January 28)…The Hammer (and Sickle) Drop on Shostakovich