Inspired by The Decadent Review's invitation to write about Dmitri Shostakovich, I revisit his Preludes and Fugues, op. 87 on the piano, a piece I have explored for years. This in turn leads me to two beautiful novels which imagine Shostakovich's psyche, as well as to look into historical and musicological perspectives on the work. The result is a personal spoken word and piano essay.
Photo by Jens Paape