07.04.2016 - 10.04.2016 — Hall: 8.0 Stand: E 28
The Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, whose music is known and played throughout the world, continues to acquire new and ever more fervent admirers. He epitomises the most noble traditions and values of our civilization. The personality of Shostakovich proved a powerful moral influence on his contemporaries. During the hard and cruel era of Stalinism, he had the courage to express in his music the misery of his people by means of an extraordinary dramatic feeling, and to denounce the hidden forces which were then eliminating millions of human lives. His music became a moral support for all who were persecuted. Belief in the final victory of justice, instilled through his works, transformed his music into a powerful stimulus to the spirit of resistance and freedom. The inner power of his music, always of great vividness, enriches the many thousands of new listeners who discover it with eagerness and pleasure. Thus, even after his death, Dmitri Shostakovich continues to lead the world towards light and reason. His work, of universal value, is recognised by all.
First and foremost the 'Dimitri Shostakovich' Contemporary Music Information Centre is dedicated to the life and music of the most poignant composer of our century, Dimitri Dimitrievich Shostakovich. Open to researchers, musicians, students or fans worldwide, the centre, based in the center of Saint- Germain des Prés (Paris), makes available duplicates of the composer's family archives in addition to various other Western collections (including tne world's largest audio collection oh the composer's works. In an attempt to add a geographical as well as artistic context to Dimitri Shostakovich's vast musical heritage, the Centre takes in important documentation on other Russian musicians - interpreters and composers – from the earlier part of the 20th century as well as on young musicians from Russia today and from the former soviet republics.
THE CENTRE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BY APPOINTMENT ONLY