Per Skans

Just a quick post to note Martin Anderson’s fine obituary of musicologist Per Skans in today’s Independent. Skans was a leading expert on music in the USSR and a great champion of Moisey Weinberg, a Polish emigrant contemporary of Shostakovich; Skans was near completion of his pioneering book on the composer. I was introduced to Weinberg’s music in a conference lecture by David Fanning only last month, not long after Skans’s death, and it really grabbed me. Not quite the genius of Shostakovich, but not far behind. There is mention in Anderson’s obit of plans to complete the book (he was to be its publisher), and new recordings of Weinberg’s string quartets are due for release later this year. Look out for them.


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