A Spotlight On: Symbolism in Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8, ‘In Remembrance of the Victims of Fascism and War’

Dimitri Shostakovich wrote his 8th String Quartet in 1960 whilst visiting a town in East Germany near Dresden. He was officially sent there to compose a score for a Soviet film concerned with the bombing of Dresden during WWII. 

The Quartet is his only substantial work composed outside of Russia and is full of symbolism, “secret” messages and forms an autobiography of the composer’s life as well as an historic account of the destruction of Dresden, even containing references to the Holocaust.

The talk will be followed by a live performance of the full work by the Al Fondo Croft Ensemble.


NMA Friends should call 01283 245 100 to book.

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£3 per person in advance, £4 on the day, NMA Friends can attend for free. Advance booking advised.
Tel: 01283 245 100, email: info@thenma.org.uk
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