There is an account on instagram that posts photos of Shostakovich, I scrolled down looking for the photo of Shostakovich looking at Prokofievs dead body, a photo I had seen in a lecture when I lived in London years ago and since then searched literally everywhere online to find it again.. but never did, and it wasn’t on this Instagram either! So I messaged the owner of the account to ask if he knew this photo, he said no but that he would have a look.
One month later he messaged me this and said
Hi Daniela, I just ran across this in Sofia Khentova’s Monograph. This is from 7 March 1953.
Now this may not seem like a big deal but it was almost a magical moment for me! Hahaha because I find this photo so powerful, if you guys don’t know so much about Music in Russia during that time I would like to urge you to read a bit on it, it’s so interesting… Prokofiev died on the 5th of March, on the exact same day as Stalin.. so this was 2 days after his death.
I’m very grateful to Bryan, the owner of the IG account dschjournal , for taking the time to look for this photo and send it to me :)