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Born in St Petersburg, she was a pupil of Dmitri Shostakovich from 1939 to 1947 but showed few of his stylistic influences. As a modernist, she had few public performances. Until the fall of the USSR, only the violin sonata of 1952 was played with any frequency. On an exchange visit, Roy Harris of the American delegation found it "kind of ugly".
Given the secular priorities of life in the Soviet Union, it is surprising that four of her symphonies, but not the first (1955), have Christian subtitles.
- Symphony no 2 - "True and Eternal Bliss" (1979)
- Symphony no 3 - "Jesus Messiah, Save Us" (1983)
- Symphony no 4 - "Prayer"(1985/7) (6 minutes long)
- Symphony no 5 - "Amen" (1989/90)
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