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Day: December 19, 2016
Where should I start with Shostakovich?
Symphonies: The 5th is the standard introduction to Shostakovich. The 9th is small, but has all the hallmarks of true Shostakovich. It’s how I got started. The 7th is populist (rat-tat-tat-tat-tat), but its slow movement is sublime. The 24 Preludes and Fugues have something for everybody. Answered 2016-12-19 [Originally posted on http://quora.com/Where-should-I-start-with-Shostakovich/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]
How does everyone accept that they are going to die someday and there’s nothing they can do about it?
If you are a believer in a religion with an afterlife, as others have said, you are doing something about it. If you’re an atheist? You accept it the same way you accept other unpleasant facts about life. Grudgingly and gradually. When I was in my late 20s, I resented the fact that one day […]