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Degtyarev14.5

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#1 14 years ago

Although I really don't know if the FH developers are planning a map depicting the seige of Leningrad, I thought that I may share this fascinating little tidbit of information with you. From Grove Music Online: "On 22 June 1941, when Shostakovich was involved with piano examinations at the Conservatory, the Nazis invaded Russia. Within a month he had begun work on the Seventh Symphony, which was to become an icon of resistance to the siege of his home city and one of the most widely discussed documents in the history of music. The known details of his activity in the second half of this year suggest that he was caught up in the general wave of patriotic fervour which Stalin astutely orchestrated by appealing for loyalty not to the Communist State but to the Russian Nation. Before embarking on the Symphony, Shostakovich completed Klyatva Narkomu (‘Oath to the People's Commissar’) in mass-song style and made 27 arrangements mainly of Russian art songs, for use at Leningrad frontline concerts. He served on firewatch duty at the Conservatory and on 16 August refused a first offer of evacuation from the besieged city. The Seventh Symphony was initially conceived as a single-movement tone poem, but he rapidly completed three movements before agreeing to leave Leningrad. On 1 October he flew to Moscow and two weeks later went by train to Kuybïshev (now Samara), 800 km to the east in the southern Urals. There he completed the symphony on 27 December. "The work was first performed in Kuybïshev on 5 March 1942, and its propaganda value was immediately realized. A microfilm of the score was flown to the West, where Toscanini and Stokowski were vying for the Western première; they were narrowly beaten to it by Sir Henry Wood at the London Proms. Other Russian orchestras took up the work, and on the day Hitler had decreed Leningrad should fall the besieged city itself mustered a historic performance from its few remaining musicians, reinforced by others recalled from the front; this was broadcast to the German troops in a show of defiance." If a Leningrad map is indeed on the way, perhaps the First Movement (which I listen to every few days :D ) could be included as an ambient effect around modeled mounted loudspeakers on the buildings, just as that German song emanates from the radio set in the Berlin Outskirts map. But note that the entire movement would need to be included - and permissions would first need to be obtained. Just a suggestion, and I recommend that all of you try to get your hands on a recording, as it is a simply fabulous piece of music. Cheers! A.




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#2 14 years ago

sounds really weird, but adding some ambient sound with the speakers in the building or in the soldiers transports like in enemy at the gates, could be a good idea, in leningrad it could be a melancholic song, but very very very long, i think a very short and repetitive song could fuck the map, so each time u pass near the speakers, u could hear anything new i remember the DoD map, Anzio, the german base with the radio and the song, always i respawned, i heard the same or the Italy Cs map with this italian song, always the same :mad: :mad: :mad:




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#3 14 years ago

The First Movement of which I speak is over twenty-five minutes long (taken at a reasonable tempo, of course), so duration shouldn't be a problem. And it wouldn't be just one loudspeaker: to my knowledge, the Russians rigged up several for the purpose, as mentioned above, of broadcasting it to the Germans in a musical gesture of "Up Yours!" As such, unlike the songs you hear near the radios in Berlin Outskirts or Stalingrad, this music should be quite audible from almost anywhere on the map, although I don't imagine that it would be exactly deafening at any point. But it's just something to think about... I think it'd be a wonderful idea. As the quoted encyclopaedia article mentioned, it was performed on the very day Hitler had declared that Leningrad would fall. So the Shostakovich symphony would fit in perfectly with a "Final Assault on Leningrad" theme. A. Oh, perhaps I'd better explain one of the more unique aspects of this piece: it has a massive middle section which proves to be a rather pictorial representation of the German advance. Shostakovich composed a simple - a laughably simple - march tune which he repeats over and over again. It begins almost silently, on plucked violins: the Germans are just visible on the horizon. Each time it is repeated it becomes a little louder, and Shostakovich occasionally plays a little with it, adding canon technique (not related to cannons :D ) changing the orchestration, and so on. As it really builds up, he begins to add some very interesting effects to represent the sounds of war. The violins and horns begin a repetitive. descenging, screeching effect that symbolises artillery shells, which hit with a massive drum and cymbol strike. Then come the tanks, and you can hear them rolling up and down, navigating trenches and blasting the city walls. It is really a massive and very impressive buildup from almost nothing, and finally breaks away to move on to the rest of the movement, plunging ultimately into a very melancholy section: exhaustion and devastation. Really, you have to hear it to appreciate it. And of course, Shostakovich was in Leningrad witnessing all this as he composed it, and doing his part for the war effort as a volunteer fireman. So his Seventh Symphony is effectively a primary source. :nodding: Enjoy it, but also be mindful of its value as a document of war.




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#4 14 years ago

Well, if permission could be gotten, it could be like that one level in Battlefield Vietnam, where the Americans storm the city with the palace in the center. The Propoganda plays endlessly "GI Joe, your country abandons you, your bombers will destroy you. They cannot see you. Give up now." or something like that...




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#5 14 years ago

.... except this is a beautiful song and that is crap... Sounds like a really cool idea...




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#6 14 years ago

arseclown, its a good idea, now its ur turn, try to contact with developers and try to get the license of the song