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Author St. Pierre, Kelly, author.

Title Bedřich Smetana : myth, music, and propaganda / Kelly St. Pierre.

Publication Info. Rochester : University of Rochester Press, 2017.


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.92 Smetana,B STP    Available
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Description 166 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
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Series Eastman studies in music ; v. 139
Eastman studies in music ; v. 139.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-162) and index.
Summary The legacy of Bedřich Smetana has become so enmeshed in state ideology under Czechoslovakia's communist regime that little has been written about the composer since the fall of that regime. This book reopens inquiry into Smetana by exploring the earliest scholarship on the composer to reveal how it generated political myths about him and his works. It also examines the ways in which these myths were adapted in twentieth-century scholarship to suit the ideologies of the communist administration. Smetana - not just a nationalist composer, but also a national symbol - remains a dynamic figure whose mythology has been rewritten time and time again to suit shifting political perspectives.
Contents Introduction -- Smetana advocacy and Czech nation-building -- Smetana, Czechness, and the new German school -- Smetana, Czechness, and Wagner -- Smetana as a proven genius -- Writing the Smetana myth: Historiography and Czechness -- Conlcusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Subject Smetana, Bedřich, 1824-1884.
Composers -- Czech Republic -- Biography.
ISBN 9781580465106 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
1580465102 (hardcover ; alk. paper)

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