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David J. Fanning (born 1955) is a professor of music at the University of Manchester. He is an expert on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, Carl Nielsen and Soviet music.[1] He is the author and editor of a number of books, collaborating with wife, Michelle Assay, on a book about Mieczyslaw Weinberg.

As well as being a musicologist, he is also the pianist with the Danel Quartet and a reviewer for The Daily Telegraph, Gramophone and BBC Radio 3.

Major publicationsEdit

  • The Breath of the Symphonist: Shostakovich's Tenth (London, 1988) ISBN 978-0-947854-03-4
  • Expressionism Reassessed, ed. (Manchester, 1994)
  • Shostakovich Studies, ed. (Cambridge, 1995) ISBN 0-521-45239-2
  • Nielsen Symphony No. 5 (Cambridge, 1997) ISBN 0-521-44632-5
  • Nielsen Aladdin - critical edition (Copenhagen, 2000)
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 (Aldershot, 2004) ISBN 0-7546-0699-6
  • Nielsen Piano Works - critical edition (Copenhagen, 2006)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich (Cambridge, 2008) ISBN 978-0-521-60315-7
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg: In search of freedom (Hofheim, 2010) ISBN 978-3-936000-91-7


  1. ^ "Professor David Fanning". Royal Northern College of Music. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.