Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences / The Image of the Lyrical Hero in D. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 in the Light of the Ideas of Christian Anthropology

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2017, Vol. 10, Issue 8
Naiko, Natalia M.
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Naiko, Natalia M.: Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Arts 22 Lenin Str., Krasnoyarsk, 660049, Russia;
D. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4; lyrical hero in music

The hero of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, one of the most tragic and vividly expressive works of art, is a sort of the author’s artistic counterpart. In his music with certain intonation means the composer models a personality with universal and individual, unique personal traits inherent to the composer. Application of concepts of Christian anthropology makes it possible to understand human nature, embodied in the image of the lyrical hero in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4. The results of the intonational analysis lead to the conclusion that the intuitions of the human’s divine origin and his spiritual nature constitute the conceptual core of few and brief lyrical episodes in the symphony. However, the main strengths of the lyrical hero’s soul are distorted and weakened, and this non-integrity makes him vulnerable to a hostile world. Implementation of these ideas determines a number of dramatic and compositional peculiarities of Symphony No. 4. Thus, music themes, characterizing the hero, have a single intonational “core”, the permanent character of which symbolizes the existence of an indestructible core in the lyrical hero’s soul and impossibility of his spiritual death

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