Summary Of M. T. Anderson's Symphony For The City Of The Dead

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In the book, Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson, the author accentuates the composer, Dmitri Shostakovich, to describe the composer’s devotion for his city and country. The novel was set during 1905-1975 in northern Europe and western Russia. When Shostakovich lived in Leningrad, Russia, during World War 2, he wrote symphonies. He expressed his feelings of horror and hope for Russia's victory against the Nazi power in his symphonies. Although, his seventh symphony was the most significant to all globally in this time of war. It brought allied forces together to defeat the Nazi power. M.T. Anderson argued that Russia's dedication in music and nationalist feelings was prominent in obtaining and battling for its own country during…show more content…
Part two portrays the initiation of Germany's invasion in other countries. Specifically in the book, the invasion was in Moscow and Leningrad, Russia, from Hitler's belief in the assassination of “weaker races” to gain prominent power in Europe. During this time in WWII, Shostakovich denies any failure in his city and country, in doing so, he wrote the Leningrad symphony to represent his fellow citizens and passion for hope for their country while enduring through this fight in WWII. Part three demonstrates the end of the war and Russias victory agianst the Nazi’s as well as the death of the old dictator in Leningrad. This gave freedom to musical culture in Leningrad. Dmitri Shostakovich was close to death then, although, he was widely viewed as a leader from his seventh symphony. He described his symphonies as tombstones to represent the people who have died in numerous places during the devastating war. The structure of the novel reinforces its larger argument by engaging the reader into the beginning of the composer's life during Russia's rise of Fascism. Then, to the war effects on him in Russia from Germany’s gradual
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