Moscow, the Grand Staircase of Moscow International House of Music
(52/8 Kosmodamianskaya naberezhnaya),
Opened on May 28, 2015
The Dmitry Shostakovich monument installation in the capital was coincided with the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the 40th anniversary of the composer's death. Mark Zilberquit, President of the International Charity Fund named after P. I. Chaikovsky, proposed to install the monument in the capital in 2014 by. The idea and design of the monument were supported by Vladimir Spivakov, President of the House of Music, as well as the composer's widow Irina Shostakovich.
Georgy Frangulyan has also frequently stated that the statue of Shostakovich, one of the greatest composers of the XX century, must be installed in Moscow. The sculptor was always amazed by combination of trepidation, finesse and powerful charisma of Shostakovich as well as incredible vulnerability and strength, and monumentality. Therefore, during the monument creation, Georgy Frangulyan sculpted not the composer but his music. Externally the statue looks realistic, but it is not just a portrait. The statue seats the in head-down position, a hand tenderly raised over another one. It seems to be a slight movement among them, and a guessable sound arises there. The great attention has been given to architectural tectonics of the composition. Shostakovich is not turned to the audience, but is depicted in his characteristic pose of deep dive into himself and focus on music perception. According to design, stairs at the monument are transformed into the music book, and passing people fill this musical signs with life.
According to Yury Gnedovsky and Vladilen Krasilnikov, authors of this complex, the Shostakovich monument installation created the additional emotional element and became historic dominant in the architectural ensemble of the House of Music.