A Legacy In Search Of Respect

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s complex legacy (was he a Stalinist stooge, or a quiet rebel?) has so far meant that his archive has never been given the sort of permanent home or widespread study that other great composers have been granted. ” Moving Shostakovich’s archive into a museum where it could be scrutinized by music scholars would put to rest many myths that still cast a pall on his legacy… But interest in the archive is low.”