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Dmitry Shostakovich
(1906 - 1975)

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1906 Born 25 September, in St. Petersburg, Russia; son of two talented musicians
1919 Enters the Petrograd Conservatory
1925 Composes internationally acclaimed First Symphony
1932 Marries Nina Varzara, a scientist; has two children: Maxim (later a conductor and pianist) and Galya
1936 In disgrace after Stalin objects to his opera The Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
1940 Back in favour, wins Stalin Prize for Piano Quintet
1942 Experiences siege of Leningrad during World War II; writes "Leningrad" Symphony
1948 Attacked with Prokofiev for "formalism" - writing music not conforming to Stalinist political dogma
1956 After Stalin's death, is awarded Order of Lenin
1975 Dies 9 August, in Moscow
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