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This song pays tribute to Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich, and also refers to US whistleblower Edward Snowden, now living in Russia.
The discussion, attended by more than 20 people, was part of Dr Graeme Downes: Is there music for words such as these?
Poetic fantasy and compositional process in three songs from Verlaines' Dunedin Spleen, one of a series of musical events staged at the Hocken Collections, in Anzac Ave, as part of New Zealand Music Month.