The Unforgettable Year 1919 (includes The Assault on Beautiful Gorky)
Dmitri Shostakovich

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Up 12. Highest position since 2010. 2nd of 6 entries for Shostakovich this year.

Shostakovich composed this soundtrack for the film The Unforgettable Year 1919, but it's often said that the only true unforgettable aspect of the film is its brilliant soundtrack — and even then, it's only The Assault on Beautiful Gorky that's still well-known today. This showy, decadent piano piece, composed to depict a battle scene, is highly reminiscent of Richard Addinsell's much loved Warsaw Concerto — another example of film music that has well and truly outlived the movie for which it was written.

Poster for The Unforgettable Year 1919 (1952).