Smitri Shostakovich

On August 22, ten love letters written by composer Dmitri Shostakovich to the Bolshoi ballet dancer Nina Ivanova will be sold by the the Litfond auction house in Moscow. The starting price of the lot is from 750 to 800.000 rubles (€10.200-11.000). According to media coverage in Russia, Shostakovich and the dancer met in 1933 und fell in love. The composer wanted her to become ultimately his wife, yet Nina Ivanova refused since he was married and had two small children. The relationship ended in 1940. »


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