Homage To Dmitri Shostakovich, While Listening To His Fifth Symphony's Third Movement

Astute composer, shrewd choreographer

of sounds and tones, with not one note astray:

Soviet Russia's most exquisite philosopher---
your irridescent music triumphantly transcends the fray

the persecution you were forced to endure:

the oastless, futureless, omnipresent despair

depicted in old Krupskaya's horsefaced glare,
and Bolshevik steel---cold in the dawn of another dismal day.



Author's Notes/Comments: 

In CSO Sounds & Stories, in an article by Kyle MacMillan published April 5, 2016, mention is made of the philosophical aspect of Dmitri Shostakovich's music.  I find this especially applicable to his fifteen symphonies, a glorious music far greater and poetic than the Soviet Union ever deserved.

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