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Shostakovitch's "Symphony No. 7" is performed in Leningrad

Initially dedicated to the life and deeds of Vladimir Lenin, Shostakovich decided instead to dedicate the symphony to the city of Leningrad on its completion. The Leningrad première of the piece occurred while the city was under siege by Nazi forces. The work remains one of Shostakovich's best-known compositions.

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