Siege and Symphony
Hardback 560pp Illustrated
9780802123169   Product Code: 23303
Brian Moynahan sets the composition of Dmitri Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony against the tragic canvas of the siege of Leningrad and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. In compelling detail he describes the purges of the 1930s; the Nazi invasion of 1941 and the terrible deprivations of the siege; and finally the night of 9 August 1942, when the Seventh Symphony, performed by a starving orchestra, was premiered in the city and broadcast to allies across the world.