Musical Borrowing
An Annotated Bibliography

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[+] Braun, Joachim. "The Double Meaning of Jewish Elements in Dimitri Shostakovich's Music." The Musical Quarterly 71, no. 1 ([Winter] 1985): 68-80.

The identification of Jewish elements in Shostakovich's music is preceded by a definition of what these elements may be considered as being. The understanding of the meaning of these elements in Shostakovich's music depends upon the understanding of the position of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union. Twelve works which include Jewish elements are listed in Table I. Jewish elements often appear in works that employ the self-identification motive of D-S-C-H [D-Eb-C-B] which corresponds to the D. SCHostakovitch of the composer's name in German usage. The use of Jewish elements may be interpreted as concealed dissidence.

Index Classifications: 1900s

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