The Music: Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo
“This suite weaves a cold and desolate story, detail by detail, like a slow-burning picture.” –Andrew Borkowski, cello
The Artwork: Works by Michelangelo Buonarroti
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue Nov 13, 2017–Feb 12, 2018
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s birth, Shostakovich set eleven poems by the Renaissance master to music. This symphonic song cycle illuminates the timeless struggle of artists across the ages—from Michelangelo to Beethoven and Shostakovich himself—in their quest to remain free.