There is a certain grace and elegance in football that could be likened to aspects of ballet – and if ever there was a composer of timeless classical music who adored the game, it was Dmitri Shostakovich, to whom this quote is attributed.
The Russian was an avid supporter of his home city of Leningrad’s teams – Dynamo and Zenit – and he even dedicated a ballet to football: The Golden Age. It wasn’t uncommon to see him in the stands at Leningrad (now St Petersburg). With his little round glasses, well-cut suit and distinguished air, Shostakovich looked out of place amongst other supporters – most of whom were from working class backgrounds.
Analysing the game was one of his greatest pastimes – so much so that he wrote several articles for the Soviet sporting press documenting Dynamo and Zenit’s on-the-pitch exploits. Shostakovich also kept notebooks – painstakingly jotting down on a daily basis the dates of matches, as well as team lists, players’ nicknames and all the results.
A keen footballer as well, he was described by a friend of his in Elizabeth Wilson’s biography Shostakovich: A Life Remembered as a man ‘…who played with gusto, he really threw his heart into it …’
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Bamboo print details
Bamboo is a natural, sustainable and environmentally friendly white paper made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10% cotton, resulting in warm-tones without optical brighteners.
The paper is acid and Lignin-free, which meets the requirements of an age resistant paper and is printed on pre-cut sheets using an inkjet, 12 colour Giclée print process, providing in-depth reproduction of colours and fine details.
- 290 gsm, 90% bamboo fibres, 10% cotton
- Natural white, without optical brighteners
- Soft, lightly textured felt structure
- Matt premium inkjet coating for outstanding print results
- Acid and lignin-free
- ISO 9706 conform / museum quality for highest age resistance
Wooden frame details
- 25mm smooth matt black frame
- 2mm glass with an MDF backing board
- Frame manufactured from high quality solid wood
- Sized perfectly for A3
- Frame comes complete with hanging fixings