Dmitri Shostakovich

1906 - 1975

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Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September [O.S. 12 September] 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet-era Russian composer and pianist who became internationally known after the premiere of his First Symphony in 1926 and thereafter was regarded as a major composer. Shostakovich achieved early fame in the Soviet Union, but had a complex relationship with its government. His 1934 opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk was initially a success but later condemned by the Soviet government, putting his career at risk. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dmitri Shostakovich has received more than 4,823,907 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 77 in 2019). Dmitri Shostakovich is the 27th most popular composer (up from 28th in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Russia (down from 27th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Russian Composer.

Dmitri Shostakovich is most famous for his symphonies. He was a Russian composer and pianist.

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Among composers, Dmitri Shostakovich ranks 27 out of 1,451Before him are Claudio Monteverdi, Igor Stravinsky, Ennio Morricone, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy, and Bedřich Smetana. After him are Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Jacques Offenbach, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Maurice Ravel, Hector Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.

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Among people born in 1906, Dmitri Shostakovich ranks 4Before him are Leonid Brezhnev, Adolf Eichmann, and Hannah Arendt. After him are Grace Hopper, Samuel Beckett, Puyi, Luchino Visconti, Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, and Albert Hofmann. Among people deceased in 1975, Dmitri Shostakovich ranks 3Before him are Francisco Franco, and Hannah Arendt. After him are Chiang Kai-shek, Ivo Andrić, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Umm Kulthum, Aristotle Onassis, Otto Skorzeny, Haile Selassie, Josephine Baker, and Arnold J. Toynbee.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Dmitri Shostakovich ranks 34 out of 3,761Before him are Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918), Nicholas I of Russia (1796), Yuri Andropov (1914), Alexander III of Russia (1845), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), and Yul Brynner (1920). After him are Valentina Tereshkova (1937), Georgy Zhukov (1896), David Hilbert (1862), E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776), Alexander II of Russia (1818), and Konstantin Chernenko (1911).

Among COMPOSERS In Russia

Among composers born in Russia, Dmitri Shostakovich ranks 4Before him are Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840), Igor Stravinsky (1882), and Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873). After him are Modest Mussorgsky (1839), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844), Alexander Scriabin (1871), Alexander Borodin (1833), Mily Balakirev (1837), Mikhail Glinka (1804), Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904), and Sofia Gubaidulina (1931).