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In June 1941 Nazi troops march on Leningrad and surround it Hitler's plan is to shell bomb and starve the city into submission Most of the cultural elite are evacuated early in the siege but Dmitri Shostakovich the mos. This is a very moving and memorable novel which begins in the Spring of 1941 with rumours of war with Germany and ends during the siege of Leningrad The book involves many characters including Shostakovich ignoring warnings and trying to get his Seventh Symphony on paper his friend Nikolai and his beloved daughter Sonya and Karl Illyich Eliasberg the conductor of the title Eliasberg conducts the rather second rate Radio Orchestra while the conductor Mravinsky and the Philharmonic are Shostakovich's chosen musicians Yet as war comes closer much of the musical elite of Leningrad are evacuated and Eliasberg finds himself left to conduct the cultural backbone of the cityIt is hard not to emphasise with Eliasberg who is finally given the chance to achieve greatness under impossible odds When he finally writes orchestra can no longer work in the official logbook it seems that his musical life is over Then the orchestra is ordered to reform and perform the Seventh Symmphony to raise morale Yet half the musicians are dead and the rest starving Profoundly moving and wonderfully realised this is a very well written and interesting book If you want to know about the real life events the novel is based on you might enjoy Leningrad Siege and Symphony The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin Starved by Hitler Immortalized by Shostakovich

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Ult man conductor of the second rate Radio Orchestra and an assortment of musicians are left behind in Leningrad to face an unendurable winter and start rehearsing the finished score of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphon. Although uigley's writing was eminently readable and even contained moments of really uite nice writing overall the book failed to have the impact that I think it was intended to have or at least the one that I thought it would have It was enjoyable but ephemeral; I didn't particularly care when I reached the end nor feel any emotion positive or negative for the charactersPartially this may have to do with unmet expectations The book takes place in the context of the German siege of Leningrad during World War II and against the starvation death and misery of that time The dust jacket blurb makes much of the fact that the book is about the titular conductor Eliasberg preparing his second rate orchestra for the task of a lifetime He is to conduct a performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony a haunting defiant new piece which will be relayed by loudspeakers to the front lines Eliasberg's musicians are starving and scarcely have the strength to carry their instruments But for five freezing months the conductor stubbornly drives them onwards to perfection depriving those who falter of their bread rations Slowly the music begins to dissolve the nagging hunger the exploding streets the slow deaths but at what cost Eliasberg's relationships are strained obsession takes hold and his orchestra is growing weaker Now it's a struggle not just to perform but to stay alive This is a profoundly moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit and the emotive power of great musicExcept it's notThe book is exactly 300 pages long Eliasberg is given the order to perform the symphony on page 248 The rest of the book is less a heart tugging paean to the power of the human spirit than an oddly insubstantial narrative hung on three oddly flat main characters of which the most opaue and seemingly least important is Eliasberg None of the characters are particularly well developed In fact the three main ones can be summed up in just a few words apiece Shostakovich selfmusic absorbed fickle Nikolai depressed Eliasberg resentful inhibitedThe descriptions of Shostakovich's drive for composition are engaging and give substance to his chapters that the other two main characters lack As a result I found myself regarding him as the primary character and certainly the most interesting despite the fact that he's not supposedly the main character We're supposed to feel deeply for these characters but they are just sketches really too two dimensional to carry our emotion Combined with some glaring examples of too obvious exposition As she disappeared from sight he felt a conviction stronger than he'd ever felt that one day she would be his wife As an example the whole book ends up feeling sketchy as in it's a first attempt that needs further fleshing outSo I'm left with a uestion was the decision to title the book The Conductor and bill it as being all about that performance of the Seventh Symphonya a reflection of the author's original intention which was never brought to fruitionb a reflection of a focus for the narrative that is somehow too subtle for the reader to grasp orc an attempt by the publisher to disguise the fact that this is mostly a book about Shostakovich and perhaps World War II era RussiaI'd like to think that the answer is a Certainly there is promise to the book and I think that given a couple hundred pages and several revision sessions uigley might have gotten there As it is it feels like white bread nice to look at but insubstantial

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T famous composer in Russia stays on to defend his city digging ditches and fire watching At night he composes a new workBut after Shostakovich and his family are forced to evacuate only Karl Eliasberg a shy and diffic. This story takes place in Leningrad between the spring of 1941 and the summer of 1942 and is based on a true historical event In the autumn of 1942 the Nazis began the siege of Leningrad as they attempted to starve and bomb the city into submission The important musicians living in the city were evacuated by the Russian government but Dimitri Shostakovich chose to stay and during this time he composed his Seventh Symphony also known as the Leningrad SymphonyIn the summer of 1942 Russian officials in Leningrad ordered that Shostakovich's symphony would be played in an attempt to boost the morale of the citizens who had managed to survive a gruelling winter with almost no food and no fuel for warmth As the pre eminent Leningrad orchestra and conductor had been safely removed from the city the task of playing this symphony fell to the second rate Radio Orchestra and their second rate conductor Karl Eliasberg Of the initial orchestra of 100 people only 15 were left the others had escaped Leningrad or died The orchestra was padded out with players from the army orchestra who were even less accomplished than the Radio Orchestra The players were so weak from hunger and cold that finding the breath to blow a wind instrument or the strength to push a bow across strings was a superhuman effort Sarah uigley has taken this historical event and woven a beautifully written story around it She tells the story through the eyes of three people Dimitri Shostakovich Karl Eliasberg and a fictional character Nikolai Nikolayev uigley captures the singlemindedness of the artist the jealousy and resentment of the second rate and the pain and suffering of the people of Leningrad all interwoven with the story of the music itself and the triumph of art over warThis book would make a wonderful movie

  • Paperback
  • 300
  • The Conductor
  • Sarah Quigley
  • English
  • 15 June 2019
  • 9781869795061

About the Author: Sarah Quigley

There is than one author with this nameBorn in New Zealand Sarah uigley is a novelist and non fiction writer She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford Her work has been widely published and she has received several high profile awardsShe has published several novels two collections of short fiction and poetry and a creative writing manual Her new novel The Conductor tells the


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