ISSUE DATE: July 20, 1942
This Sunday, a special NBC Symphony broadcast (4:15 to 6 p.m. E.W.T.) will give the Western Hemisphere its first chance to hear what Shostakovich’s Marxist muse, now 25 years older, has to say in his Seventh Symphony, his biggest, most ambitious orchestral work to date—the work that he wrote last year between tours of duty digging trenches in the outskirts of Leningrad and fire-watching on the roof of the Conservatory.
Not since the first Manhattan performances of Parsifal (in 1903) had there been such a buzz of American anticipation over a piece of music.
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