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


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This is the first of 6 entries for Shostakovich in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. It entered the Hall of Fame in 2004 and has remained in the chart ever since, reaching its highest position of 79 in 2007.

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).