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What Russian composer made money by playing piano accompaniment to silent films?

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September 09, 2007 12:09PM

Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich's professional career was full of contradictions: he was a member of the Supreme Soviet, yet his music was denounced twice in Russia - once in 1936, and then again in 1948. His music was periodically banned in the Soviet Union, yet he was considered the greatest - and the most popular - Russian composer of his generation. He wrote 15 symphonies and an equal number of string quartets, yet he supported himself and his family mostly by writing film scores.