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Dave Hall asks: I have been listening to a piece of music called "The assault on Beautiful Gorky" by Shostakovich. Was Gorky ever attacked by the Germans in World War 2?
Expert's answer:

Nice question. After a little investigation I have found that this music is a part of soundtrack from movie "The Unforgettable Year 1919" (1952, Shostakovich was the composer of the movie, the movie is about Civil War of Red and White Russians and the defense of Petrograd (Saint-Petersburg today).

In the track list of the movie this music is called "The Assault on the Red Hill" and sometimes there is a comment that it is "The Assault on Beautiful Gorky". I think that it is the wrong translation of the original Russian name of the music because from the original the word "Krasniy" was translated not as Red but as Beautiful (there are some cases when it is right but this case is not about it) and the second word "Gorka" meaning Hill was not translated and remained almost the same like "Gorky". Looks like a very interesting story with all these wrong translations.

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