What a crazy couple of days! In the first four days of a 30 day campaign we have managed to raise over 75% of our original goal. I cannot even begin to describe how thrilled, grateful, overwhelmed and humbled I am by this collective, community-driven effort. Thank you to all for your generosity, support, and help in pushing this to a wider community.
The music and stories of the composers on this album deserve and need to be heard. In the early 1960's, Alfred Schnittke was blacklisted by the Soviet Composers Union for his work Nagasaki, a depiction of the nuclear bomb and it's aftermath. This blacklisting lasted for nearly 20 years. In the midst of this all (1963), Schnittke wrote his Sonata No. 1, a work to be featured on this album. Similarly, by the time Shostakovich wrote his Sonata in 1968, he himself had already had numerous conflicts with the authorities and Composers Union for his musical expression and brutal honesty in the face of Soviet repression. Despite all of this, these composers stayed true to themselves and their art. The great fear they undoubtedly had to live with never inhibited their talent and desire to express themselves to the world.
Perhaps there is something they can still teach us today. Together we are giving them a voice.
It is so critical we don’t stop the important momentum now – please share the video and page with friends, colleagues, and fellow music-lovers. I can’t say enough how appreciated your generous time and commitment means to me and the story I hope to share.
Thank you and thank you - I am truly grateful!
With all best wishes,