Shostakovich: triumph over tyranny
Spend a whole day immersed in the music of Shostakovich and learn more about his life and works.
A rare opportunity to see this extraordinary classic of the silent cinema. The New Babylon tells the dramatic story of the revolutionary tragedy of the 1871 Paris Commune. Like many masterpieces, its first public showing, in 1929, provoked outrage and derision. Shostakovich’s brilliant and innovative music, his first film score, baffled the audience, and the conductor was accused of being drunk. The film and its music were banned immediately, and the score itself disappeared for decades until it was rediscovered after the composer’s death.