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Author Fairclough, Pauline, 1970- author.

Title Classics for the masses : shaping Soviet musical identity under Lenin and Stalin / Pauline Fairclough.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.947 FAI    Available
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Description x, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-276) and index.
Contents Propagandizing the classics, 1917-1929 -- Cultural revolution, repertoire politics, and the classics -- Internationalism, modernism, and the 'Stalinist enlightenment,' 1932-1941 -- Turning inwards : the rise of Russian nationalism, 1937-1941 -- From the great patriotic war to the Zhdanovshchina, 1941-1953.
Summary "Musicologist Pauline Fairclough explores the evolving role of music in shaping the cultural identity of the Soviet Union in a revelatory work that counters certain hitherto accepted views of an unbending, unchanging state policy of repression, censorship, and dissonance that existed in all areas of Soviet artistic endeavor. Newly opened archives from the Leninist and Stalinist eras have shed new light on Soviet concert life, demonstrating how the music of the past was used to help mold and deliver cultural policy, how 'undesirable' repertoire was weeded out during the 1920s, and how Russian and non-Russian composers such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Bach, and Rachmaninov were 'canonized' during different, distinct periods in Stalinist culture. Fairclough's study of the ever-shifting Soviet musical-political landscape identifies 1937 as the start of a cultural Cold War, rather than occurring post-World War Two, as often maintained, while documenting the efforts of musicians and bureaucrats during this period to keep musical channels open between Russia and the West."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Music -- Soviet Union -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9780300217193 (hardcover alkaline paper)
Standard No. (YBP)12595192

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