Ronald Stevenson with Dmitri Shostakovich
Ronald Stevenson (left, b 1928), British composer, looking at a musical score with the Soviet Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The score is of Stevenson's large-scale composition for solo piano, entitled Passacaglia on DSCH, which he dedicated to Shostakovich, and presented a copy of the score to him at the 1962 Edinburgh Festival.
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Malik-I-Maidan at the Bijapur Fort, Karnataka, India
The Malik-I-Maidan at the Bijapur Fort, Karnataka, India. The Malik-i-Maidan (Master of the Battlefield), also called Burj-E-Sherz, was erected by Ibrahim Adil Shah II and named after the Battle of Talikota of 1565 in which the Vijayangar empire was routed. It has a large cannon (pictured here), 4.45 metres long and weighing 55 tonnes - considered one of the largest forged medieval guns. The muzzle is shaped in the form of a lion head with carved open jaws as if devouring an elephant (depicted between the jaws). It was cast at Ahmadnagar from bell metal by Muhammad Bin Husain Rumi in 1549. Date: circa 1910s
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Women Communards of Montmartre; Paris Commune, 1871
Women of Montmartre pledging to fight the government troops to the death, with the slogan 'The Commune or Death', as Paris burns in the background, 1871. At the end of the Franco-Prussian war, Parisian socialists refused to surrender Paris to the rightwing French government, which led to bitter fighting on the streets of the city and large-scale executions of Communards.
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