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  1. Americonorman, what a great reply! Some of that I am very familiar with. Since Halley is described as a "melodist" when melodies were out of fashion, I had to believe that Rachmaninoff would be a musical inspiration. It seems odd that she would never have mentioned Shostakovitch considering his enormous talent combined with his political struggles/ It sounds like Rand was more of a casual music listener (not that there's anything WRONG with that . . . I like "tiddlywink" usic as much as the next guy. I also read a lot of "airplane" novels in addition to real literature like AS). I will DEFINITELY have to give Boris Gudonov another listen. Damon1212
  2. I studied and played Viola seriously, and now I just dabble in songwriting and guitar playing. My favorite Shostakovitch is also his Festive Overture! (which could be the only example of his music that seems truly and unashamedly "festive". I'm also a big fan of his 5th, 8th and 15th symphonies. Oddly, I have not heard any of his piano concerti yet, though I love his Violin concerto. I listen to L. Peikoff's podcast. I wonder if he would be accessible to this kind of question? I know he tends to prefer questions about Objectivism and not Ayn Rand directly (isn't it funny how the forum spell check does not recognize "Objectivism"?) Damon1212
  3. I'm reading Atlas Shrugged for the third time, and have a question that has always been curious to me since I am a musician. Was the character of Richard Halley based on a real person? The only evidence I have found so far one way or another was a refutation of the assertation that Richard Haley was based on Aaron Copeland. I think it is particularly interesting when I think of the interesting life of Dmitri Shostakovitch, and how he wrote "subversive" music in the soviet union while at the same time giving the impression that he was composing "for" the state. I doubt if Shostakovitch would have been the inspiration, but nonetheless I guess I am also wondering what Ayn Rand's thoughts were about Shostakovitch. Wow, I guess that's two questions huh? P.S. I'm new to the forum. Looking forward to learning with you all!
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