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Plans Gone Awry, 1935–1938

Simon Morrison

in The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195181678
eISBN:
9780199870806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181678.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter chronicles Prokofiev's relocation to Moscow in the spring of 1936, his reaction to the denunciation of Shostakovich in Pravda; the composition of the ballet Romeo and Juliet and the ... More


Shostakovich's Secret?

Peter Kivy

in Antithetical Arts: On the Ancient Quarrel Between Literature and Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199562800
eISBN:
9780191721298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562800.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter argues that the logically proper way to see the spate of recent attempts to put narrative interpretations on the works of absolute music, accepted as such in the canon, is to see them as ... More


Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: The Shostakovich–Bogdanov-Berezovsky Correspondence

Liudmila Kovnatskaya

in Russian Music since 1917: Reappraisal and Rediscovery

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780197266151
eISBN:
9780191860034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266151.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter offers an account of a recently discovered exchange of letters dating from the 1920s between the young Shostakovich and his close friend Valeryan Bogdanov-Berezovsky (1903–1971), who ... More


Russian Music at Home and Abroad: New Essays

Richard Taruskin

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520288089
eISBN:
9780520963153
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520288089.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Some of the perpetual follies of Russian music study-anxiety about Chaikovsky’s sexuality and unwarranted speculation about Stravinsky’s, the continued currency of Shostakovich’s faked memoirs, the ... More


Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics

Marina Frolova-Walker

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300208849
eISBN:
9780300215991
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208849.001.0001
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This book takes a new look at musical life in Iosif Stalin's Soviet Union. It focuses on the musicians and composers who received Stalin Prizes, awarded annually to artists whose work was thought to ... More


Shostakovich’s ‘Lenin Project’: The ‘Pre-Twelfth’ Symphony

Olga Digonskaya

in Russian Music since 1917: Reappraisal and Rediscovery

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780197266151
eISBN:
9780191860034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266151.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Although Dmitri Shostakovich repeatedly spoke at various points during his life of writing a musical work on the life and legacy of Lenin, it never materialised—leading some commentators to suggest ... More


The Early Film Music of Dmitry Shostakovich

Joan Titus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199315147
eISBN:
9780190456832
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199315147.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In the late 1920s, Dmitry Shostakovich emerged as one of the first Soviet film composers. With his first score for the silent film New Babylon (1928–29) and the many sound scores that followed, he ... More


Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Lawrence Kramer

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228245
eISBN:
9780520928329
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228245.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This book argues that humanistic, not just technical, meaning is a basic force in music history and an indispensable factor in how, where, and when music is heard. The book draws on a broad range of ... More


On Russian Music

Richard Taruskin

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249790
eISBN:
9780520942806
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249790.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book gathers thirty-six essays on composers ranging from Bortnyansky in the eighteenth century to Tarnopolsky in the twenty-first, as well as all of the famous names in between. Some of these ... More


Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia

Janice Ross

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780300207637
eISBN:
9780300210644
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300207637.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

Everyone has heard of George Balanchine. Few outside Russia know of Leonid Yakobson, Balanchine's contemporary, who remained in Lenin's Russia and survived censorship during the darkest days of ... More


When Serious Music Mattered

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249790
eISBN:
9780520942806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249790.003.0028
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter explores the works and achievement of the music composer Dmitry Shostakovich. The achievement was not his alone, but was the convolute result of the enormous talent that he was dealt, ... More


Casting a Great Composer as a Fictional Hero

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249790
eISBN:
9780520942806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249790.003.0029
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter portrays the great composer Dmitry Shostakovich as a fictional hero. The catastrophic loss of prestige since the 1960s has made it harder for composers of contemporary classical music to ... More


Shostakovich's Bach: A Pill to Purge Stalinism

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249790
eISBN:
9780520942806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249790.003.0030
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In the ashes of world war and revolutionary terror, the Beethovenian art of profundity and power began to look more like an art of violence and psychopathology, and composers sought refuge in what ... More


The Rising Soviet Mists Yield Up Another Voice

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249790
eISBN:
9780520942806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249790.003.0035
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter focuses on the Soviet composer of Jewish origin Mieczyslaw Weinberg and a recital of his music by cellist Yosif Feigelson. The recital included the U.S. première of Weinberg's ... More


Shostakovich as a Committee Member

Marina Frolova-Walker

in Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780300208849
eISBN:
9780300215991
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208849.003.0006
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter focuses on Dmitry Shostakovich's behaviour as a member of the Stalin Prize Committee (KSP). Shostakovich started attending meetings of the Music Section in March 1947. When the plenary ... More


Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues

Mark Mazullo

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300149432
eISBN:
9780300149449
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300149432.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This is a book-length study of Shostakovich's Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues for piano, Opus 87. It explains the cultural context in which Shostakovich composed, relates the cycle to piano works (by ... More


Shostakovich and The Iron Curtain: Intellectual Property and Transimperial Integration

Kiril Tomoff

in Virtuosi Abroad: Soviet Music and Imperial Competition during the Early Cold War, 1945-1958

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453120
eISBN:
9781501701825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453120.003.0002
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines the Soviet manipulation of international copyright law over an American film studio's fair use of music written by Soviet composers in an anti-Soviet film. At issue was the use ... More


The Composer: Dimitri Shostakovich

Phillip Deery

in Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823253685
eISBN:
9780823261246
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253685.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the visit to New York of the Soviet composer, Dimitri Shostakovich, in 1949. At Stalin’s insistence he attended a peace conference held at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel and ... More


“Hail Muse Americana!”

Annegret Fauser

in Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199948031
eISBN:
9780199345953
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948031.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

Intentionally nationalist works are often discussed in pejorative terms in historical accounts of twentieth-century music. But during World War II such compositions flourished, including so blatantly ... More


Conclusion

James Loeffler

in The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300137132
eISBN:
9780300162943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300137132.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of Jewish musicians in late Russian Empire. It considers the broader Jewish musical legacy in one of the most important ... More


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