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May 2018

Secret Music Skirmishes of the Cold War: The Shostakovich Case

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016 United States
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Only in recent decades has it become known that the CIA covertly funded a Cold War cultural war against the Soviet Union. A frequent target was Shostakovich, portrayed as a Soviet stooge shackled by Socialist Realism. Meanwhile, JFK gave speeches insisting that the arts can only flourish in “free societies.” Looking back on the 1950s and 60s, we can see that it was Shostakovich – not Stravinsky or Schoenberg in the West – who was composing enduring masterpieces. His Preludes and…

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