WHEN DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH WAS BORN AND DIED
Born: September 25, 1906, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 9, 1975, Moscow, Russia
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1. Shostakovich was a perfectionist not only in music, but in his personal life: according to his daughter he was “obsessed with cleanliness”; he synchronized the clocks in his apartment; or he would regularly send cards to himself to test how well the postal service was working.
2. Shostakovich loved soccer, was a certified referee and also liked card games. His favorite team was Zenit Leningrad.
3. In the 1960s, Shostakovich befriended Benjamin Britten, and the two held each other’s music in high regard.