The premiere of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No 7 occurred in Leningrad on this day, August 9, in 1942, during the 900-day siege of the city by the German Army which cost over one million lives. Hitler had suggested he would be banqueting in Leningrad by August 9. He wasn’t.
Soviet forces smuggled the new Symphony into surrounded Leningrad and it was broadcast live via speakers throughout the besieged city. Its theme is the...
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