„The majority of my symphonies are tombstones.“

—  Dmitri Shostakovich, book Testimony

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„I think it is clear to everyone what happens in the Fifth. The rejoicing is forced, created under threat, as in Boris Godunov.“

—  Dmitri Shostakovich, book Testimony

It's as if someone were beating you with a stick and saying, "Your business is rejoicing, your business is rejoicing," and you rise, shaky, and go marching off, muttering, "Our business is rejoicing, our business is rejoicing."
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