This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power—and layered meaning—of music in beleaguered lives.
Author: M. T. Anderson
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
A 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony. In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory. This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power—and layered meaning—of music in beleaguered lives. Symphony for the City of the Dead is a masterwork thrillingly told and impeccably researched by National Book Award–winning author M. T. Anderson.
Chapter 5 Understanding of the Role of Leningrad in World War II through M. T. Anderson's Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Steven T. Bickmore and Paul E. Binford Due to years of ...
Author: Paula Greathouse
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
This text offers 6th - 12th grade educators guided instructional approaches for including young adult (YA) literature in the social sciences and humanities classroom in order to promote literacy development while learning content.
Know that I was NOT of the fine Leningrad Radio Orchestra, but I play oboe good enough and my duty, like moving dead from city, was to play for symphony. Other problem was genius Shostakovich's symphony with 255-page score was meaning ...
With this compelling human story of art and culture surviving amid chaos and violence, Leningrad: Siege and Symphony “brings new depth and drama to a key historical moment” (Booklist, starred review), in “a narrative that is by turns ...
Author: Brian Moynahan
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
The “gripping story” of a Nazi blockade, a Russian composer, and a ragtag band of musicians who fought to keep up a besieged city’s morale (The New York Times Book Review). For 872 days during World War II, the German Army encircled the city of Leningrad—modern-day St. Petersburg—in a military operation that would cripple the former capital and major Soviet industrial center. Palaces were looted and destroyed. Schools and hospitals were bombarded. Famine raged and millions died, soldiers and innocent civilians alike. Against the backdrop of this catastrophe, historian Brian Moynahan tells the story of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose Seventh Symphony was first performed during the siege and became a symbol of defiance in the face of fascist brutality. Titled “Leningrad” in honor of the city and its people, the work premiered on August 9, 1942—with musicians scrounged from frontline units and military bands, because only twenty of the orchestra’s hundred members had survived. With this compelling human story of art and culture surviving amid chaos and violence, Leningrad: Siege and Symphony “brings new depth and drama to a key historical moment” (Booklist, starred review), in “a narrative that is by turns painful, poignant and inspiring” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune). “He reaches into the guts of the city to extract some humanity from the blood and darkness, and at its best Leningrad captures the heartbreak, agony and small salvations in both death and survival . . . Moynahan’s descriptions of the battlefield, which also draw from the diaries of the cold, lice-ridden, hungry combatants, are haunting.” —The Washington Post
Author: Meredith C. MacksoudPublish On: 2002-11-25
All the while Cagney's composer brother Kennedy has been struggling with his music , Symphony of the City , which he describes to ... He comments , “ To get in the ring and be convincing one has to be in shape or one drops down dead .
Author: Meredith C. Macksoud
Category: Performing Arts
"Basically, all parts are character parts. The problem of the actor is to protect the differences in a character: to identify that the character being portrayed has his own personality traits. He has to find things within himself to establish these differences. I'm best when I portray not good guys, or bad guys, but human guys. These are the people I understand." Arthur Kennedy's words speak volumes about the kind of actor he was, one sought by both Hollywood and Broadway to be in dramas involving real people struggling with real problems. His many talents were recognized with several Academy Award nominations and the winning of a Golden Globe and a Tony award. This work covers Kennedy's film and stage career, film-by-film and play-by-play, and provides pictures, synopses, and commentary for each one. Acting anecdotes from Kennedy himself or from his peers in film and on stage, such as Errol Flynn, Elia Kazan, James Cagney, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, and many others, bedizen the commentary. Among the films and plays included are Joy in the Morning, Henry IV Part I, Strange Alibi, High Sierra, Bad Men, Desperate Journey, Cheyenne, The Window and Champion.
“Urban Planning and the Space of Democracy: New York of the Great Depression in 42nd Street, Dead End, and The City. ... “Paris-Berlin-Moscow: On the Montage Aesthetic in the City Symphony Films of the 1920s.” In Avant-Garde Film, ...
Author: Erica Stein
Publisher: SUNY Press
Category: Performing Arts
Looks at how a group of aesthetically innovative independent films contested and imagined alternatives to urban planning in midcentury New York. Can the cinema imagine a different way of developing, using, and living in the city? Is it possible to do so using images of the extant city? Seeing Symphonically shows how a group of independent experimental, documentary, and feature films made in and about late modern New York City did just this. Between 1939 and 1964, as the city was being utterly remade by a combination of urban renewal projects, suburbanization, and high-rise public housing, the New York avant-garde reinvented the city symphony, a modernist form that depicted a day in the life of an urban environment through complex montage, optical effects, and street portraiture. Erica Stein documents how these New York City symphonies subverted and critiqued urban redevelopment through their aesthetics, particularly their rhythms, and, through those same rhythms, envisioned a world in which urban inhabitants have the absolute right to remake the city according to their needs, outside the demands of capital. Erica Stein is Assistant Professor of Film at Vassar College.
It's probably impossible to figure when Dvorák's New World Symphony was first performed in Indianapolis, ... depending on programs saved by concertgoers and given to various archives around the city, it's clear that all manner of ...
Author: Marianne Boruch
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In these thoughtful, richly personal essays, Marianne Boruch takes a fresh view on old poets, considering such questions as how the atomic bomb changed William Carlos Williams's poetry and how Edison's listening, through his famous deafness, informs our sense of poetics. Other essays explore how the car's danger and solitude helps us understand American poetry, and how Dvorak and Whitman shared darker things than their curious love for trains. Boruch's personal memories and philosophical speculations create a distinct voice to match the collection's distinct opinions and ideas.
burying their dead , building their long fortification , manning lookouts , and , very basically , surviving . ... Perhaps not , since he did dedicate the symphony to the city of Leningrad , and , as noted , he had names for the various ...
Author: David B. Knight
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Using landscape as its concept, this book explores orchestral music that represents imagined physical and cultural spaces, natural forces, and humans and wildlife. Comparing works from Europe and Russia alongside the compositions from the US, Canada, Japan, and China, it offers an understanding of the links between music and the worlds around us.