9 August 1942: first performance of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in Leningrad

Following the post about Shostakovich’s Seventh, I was asked for the story about the first Leningrad performance. Laurel E. Fay has written about it so well that I shall quote her (entirely referenced of course – not plagiarism), along with Elizabeth Wilson. Both are fascinating accounts of Shostakovich’s life and work. Laurel E. Fay, ‘The … More 9 August 1942: first performance of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony in Leningrad

In the Wellcome Library: Stoddart and Smart

During today’s post-lunch recovery phase at the Wellcome Library, I found a short book by William Henry Butter Stoddart (1868-1950) an eminent practitioner in the field of ‘mental diseases’ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His 1908 textbook The Mind and its Disorders was a key text for doctors interested in emerging ideas about psychology … More In the Wellcome Library: Stoddart and Smart