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‘Chaos instead of music’

‘Chaos instead of music’ (Sumbur vmesto muzyki). Notorious article published in Pravda on 28 January 1936, followed by another 10 days later, attacking Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District and leading to its withdrawal from the stage. Believed to have been dictated by Stalin, who had left a performance of the opera in a rage over its alleged dissonance and immorality.

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