The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

September 25, 2016

September 25, 1906

Dmitri Shostakovich (September 25, 1906 to August 9,1975) was a Russian composer . In harrowing political times he did survive with some artistic viability. This site has a picture of the young (1925) musician with his cat named Lady Catbeth of Mtsensk. (He had composed an opera titled Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.)

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Here is an interesting discussion of the relations between the Soviet authorities and this artist; I am not sure how accurate it is. My suspicion is that someone who has not undergone that kind of suffering may have little insight. What is not in doubt is the astonishing genius of the music of Dmitri Shostakovich.

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