Shostakovich, too, had to alter course with his Sixth Symphony. After the Soviet authorities accepted the masked rebellion of his Fifth, Shostakovich felt compelled to be more honest and open. Under the surface of the Sixth - first brooding and then bustling - emerges a grotesque picture of persecution ending in a gallop that portrayed, for one commentator, 'a brazen display of vulgarity'.
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