The mystical question I have been pondering all my life is: why do we love it when music breaks our hearts? Why would we want to have this experience? The answer is the reason why we so love music, and why it is a necessary condition of human life. Kai Christiansen

Shostakovich, 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87

November 4th, 2004

Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906-1975

24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, (for piano), 1951
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