Probably the most hardcore classical composer to live. You think your screamo shit is "hardcore?" Then you have not heard of Shostakovich and your opinion is invalid.

Shostakovich was a genius who lived under the oppressive watch of the USSR; as a result, Shostakovich composed some of the most frightening music ever conceived by man.

His Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 10 are (arguably) his most badass pieces.
Richard: I hate classical. It's fucking boring.
Mark: You have clearly never heard of Shostakovich.
*After listening to the "Allegro" from Symphony 10*
Richard: Dude, my mind is blown.
by kanapanapan June 4, 2010
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Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian classical composer who lived through the oppression of the Soviet Union, and lived from September 25, 1906 to August 9th, 1975. He is regarded to have composed pieces which had objected to the tyrannical power of the Soviet Union, which were also known to be some of the most intense in the history of classical, such as his Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth symphonies. He had composed pieces on other topics, such as various historical events like the 1905 and the 1918 Russian revolutions.
In the midst of his musical career, he was denounced and had gained a condition of depression that would never recover. He was known by his family to be obsessed with cleanliness and organization, and would frequently synchronize all of the family's clocks. He also had favored playing cards and soccer.
Person 1: Ugh... All classical music is boring and requires no skill. Go listen to Billie Eilish instead.

Person 2: The real leader of depressing music is Shostakovich, go listen to his 11th and come back.
--1 hour later--
Person 1: Now do you still think that it's all boring?
Person 2:........
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Dmitri Shostakovich, noun.

Dmitri Shostakovich is a Russian classical composer born on the 25th of September 1905 and died on the ninth of August in 1975, and was known for his intense and powerful symphonies, such as his Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth.
His works reflect on the terror caused by the Soviet Union and various historical events such as the 1905 and 1918 Russian revolutions, which had led to him being later denounced in his musical career. This initiated depression and henceforth more powerful and hateful symphonies in his later life that would never be cured.
Dmitri Shostakovich would be known by his family for being obsessive in cleanliness and organization, synchronizing clocks and cleaning his apartment nearly daily.

His symphonies are now still known for being more hateful and full of power than the genres of rock, metal, and emo.
Person 1: Ugh... Classical music is so boring. Why don't you listen to Billie Eilish instead?
Person 2: Shosty's 12th obliterates it out of the water. Come back when you've listened to it all.

|| 1 Hour Later ||
Person 2: So, did it change your opinion on classical music?
Person 1: .............

Shostakovich lived for a long time despite the Soviet Union disliking him.
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