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In 1948 the first severe crash occurred in my life when Stalin put out his decree on 'formalism.' There was a bulletin board in the Moscow Conservatory. They posted the decree, which said Shostakovich's compositions and Prokofiev's were no longer to be played.

Mstislav Rostropovich

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Author Profession: Musician
Nationality: Russian
Born: March 27, 1927
Died: April 27, 2007

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