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"I walk into your study in my thoughts"

Updated: May 19, 2023

In this latest issue of DSCH Journal, I give an extended account of my recollections as a young composer seeking the advice of the great master.

There are lots of emotional and precious memories shared here, starting with the first encounter when I boldly rang the doorbell of his apartment to show him my music.

This long interview has allowed me to return to that study, with renewed amazement and forever gratitude.

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Jan 14
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Dear Yakov... I'm a subscriber to the DSCH Journal and recently got around to reading the Jan2023 interview. I thoroughly enjoyed the many recollections of your time with DDS and appreciated the sensitivity, depth, humor, and specifics of your recounting the interactions you had with him, in the last years of his life. Not long ago I spent over a year absorbing a dozen or so books on DDS's life, entering of course into the "Shostakovich wars", and coming away with a greatly enhanced understanding of the man behind the music. Of course I listened to as many of his works as I could, finding and learning so many new ones. I particularly enjoyed the apocryphal story of the composing…


Jul 27, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

This interview provides priceless insight into Shostakovich's personality and how he helped to shape you as a composer and musician. It is full of interesting details, uplifting and inspiring. You mentioned at one point, when you began performing piano accompaniments for silent films, that you felt Shostakovich's personal encouragement, as though he were whispering in your ear. This I can fully believe, since thoughts never die and the brilliant people of the past continue to assist and inspire us if we are only open to their prompts. Shostakovich is most likely still with you in spirit to this day.


Jun 20, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Your recollections are fascinating and very moving. Thanks so much for sharing.

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