A Happy Shostakovich

I’ve been tired and uninspired lately, so I will just take a moment to rattle off some thoughts about Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F.  Feel like I could give the Romantic era business a rest anyway.

Our good friend Dmitri wrote a bunch of brooding, controversial symphonies, but in this concerto, there is a nice slice of his more cheerful side, as can be found too in the Festive Overture and ninth symphony.  Actually, the Andante movement is reminiscent of a Romantic adagio, but the rest of the work is a sprightly spattering of thematic variations and fingering exercises—the latter conceived as a joke for the composer’s son.  Honestly though, how fun is this melody?

Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 2, Opening theme

What a curious concerto.

5 thoughts on “A Happy Shostakovich”

  1. i fractured my left foot yesterday morning :( no more cooking for a while. hope you will be inspired again soon! the weather is becoming more gorgeous, maybe it’s time for a nature get away ;)

  2. Oooooooh nooooooO! Dearest Jean, please be more careful. I hope you aren’t in too much pain. While you are recuperating, I will need to find some alternate culinary guidance, lest I revert to takeout.

  3. how do we deal with lala’s disappearance?! x-( that’s not something recuperation can bring back, distraught. . . :'(

  4. Oh my god, I am so sad. I don’t have an answer to that one. I suspect though we’ll see a reincarnation under the iTunes name. In the meantime, I will revisit my external hard drive. ;)

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