Sofia Gubaidulina (born in the former Soviet Tatar Republic in 1931) has earned immense regard from performers and new music intellectuals for her mingling of sonic innovation with a deep sincerity, and with a respect for the cultural traditions of her homeland. Her music abounds with unfamiliar sounds and equally unfamiliar playing techniques: one of her string quartets has the players bouncing rubber balls off of their instruments' strings. It is impossible, however, to accuse her of innovation for the sake of ego gratification, or merely to shock performers and audiences. Her music, as varied as it is, is consistently personal and honest, and unfailingly humble.
Managing a deadly criminal enterprise has taken its toll on anxiety-ridden Mafia boss Tony Soprano. Trying to elude the FBI and avoid mob power struggles while coping with a shaky marriage to long-suffering wife Carmela and fatherhood to his sullen teenage son and rebellious daughter is enough to send anyone to the analyst's couch. So, when the pressures reach dangerous levels, Tony reluctantly seeks the help of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi to reconcile the consequences of his life choices.
Much like the American television series of the same name, the sopranos are a large family: although they all play the same role, stylistically speaking they are quite diverse, with the term 'soprano' encompassing a wide variety of voices. Let’s take a closer look!.
The Sopranos is an American television drama created by David Chase. The series revolves around the New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads. It also features Tony's family members and Mafia associates in prominent roles and storylines, most notably his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and cousin and protégé Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). A central theme is his professional relationship with his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco).