On This Day (January 26)…Shostakovich Faces the Sharpest of Critics

Dmitri Shostakovich received a surprise guest attending a performance of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on this day in 1936. The guest was none other than the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin. Retrieved from here. Stalin was, as well as a political leader, a … Continue reading On This Day (January 26)…Shostakovich Faces the Sharpest of Critics

On This Day (January 2)…Happy Birthday, Mily Balakirev!

The composer Mily Balakirev was born on this day in 1836. Retrieved from here. Balakirev came of age in a time prior to a great Russian canon or even much in the way of Russian music schools; only Mikhail Glinka’s turn to Russian folk music as inspiration existed at the time. With a small amount … Continue reading On This Day (January 2)…Happy Birthday, Mily Balakirev!