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Korolevskij pokhod, 'The King's Campaign' (1942) Op. 62

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Six Romances on Verses by English Poets (Op. 62)

Korolevskij pokhod, 'The King's Campaign'

Po sklonu vverkh korol' povjol
Polki svoikh strelkov.
Po sklonu vniz korol' soshjol,
No tol'ko bez polkov.

The King's Campaign

Up to the top of the hill
The King has marched his men;
The King has come back down again,
But without his band of men.

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Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist. He achieved fame in the Soviet Union, although later developed a more complex and difficult relationship with the government. As a composer, he combined a variety of different musical techniques into his works, and his music is characterised by sharp contrast, grotesque elements, and ambivalent tonality. 


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