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