Born: 25 September 1906, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 9 August 1975, Moscow, Russia
Shostakovich was a composer and pianist who became internationally known following his First Symphony premiered in 1926. He was regarded as a major composer of his lifetime. Shostakovich combined various musical techniques within his works and his compositions are known for their sharp contrasts, ambivalent tonality, and elements of the grotesque
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