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Author: Sheinberg, Ester

Title: The Semantics Of Irony In Shostakovich

Institution: University Of Edinburgh, Scotland

Begun: October 1992

Completed: June 1995


The music of Shostakovich demonstrates certain kinds of irony, parody and the grotesque, showing the composer's kinship with literary and theoretical writers of the time, including Tynianov, Sollertinsky and Bakhtin. He is known to have had connections with some of these. Musical irony is analyzed and found to be indicated by particular markers. A typology of irony is then illustrated from Shostakovich's music, and to some degree from the music of others.

Keywords: Shostakovich, irony, semantics, semiotics, parody, grotesque

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