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Conclusion: The Farewell Symphony

Peter J. Schmelz

in Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music during the Thaw

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195341935
eISBN:
9780199866854
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341935.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter addresses the generational change and the gradual relaxation of restrictions that marked the end of the musical Thaw. It discusses Andrey Volkonsky's emigration from the Soviet Union in ... More


Music of Disruption: Collage and Fragmentation as an Expression of Trauma in Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings

Maria Cizmic

in Performing Pain: Music and Trauma in Eastern Europe

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199734603
eISBN:
9780199918546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734603.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter discusses history, memory, suffering, and truth as themes that circulated in 1970s USSR. The concern for truth in conjunction with the related concepts of realism and authenticity become ... More


Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso no. 1

Peter J. Schmelz

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190653712
eISBN:
9780190653750
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190653712.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book provides for the first time an accessible, comprehensive study of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso no. 1 (1977). One of Schnittke’s best-known and most compelling works, the Concerto ... More


Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Peter J. Schmelz

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Sonic Overload presents a musically centered cultural history of the late Soviet Union. It focuses on polystylism in music as a response to the information overload swamping listeners in the Soviet ... More


Preludio

Peter J. Schmelz

in Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso no. 1

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190653712
eISBN:
9780190653750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190653712.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter sets in motion the primary themes of the book, tracing briefly Alfred Schnittke’s compositional evolution before the Concerto Grosso no. 1, paying special attention to his Symphony no. 1 ... More


Recitativo

Peter J. Schmelz

in Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso no. 1

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780190653712
eISBN:
9780190653750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190653712.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The third movement of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso no. 1, Recitativo, lays bare the soloists, foregrounding and undercutting them simultaneously. More strangely, the movement ends with ... More


The Collage Wave Breaks: Late Thinking, Idiots, and a Final Waltz

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, Western

As Chapter 9 shows, Schnittke’s final move away from polystylism to a more introspective, personal style can be heard most audibly in his opera Life with an Idiot and in his Sixth and Seventh ... More


Legacies of Polystylistic Tendencies (Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 11 takes account of Alfred Schnittke’s posthumous reception as well as of Valentin Silvestrov’s works from the late 1980s to the present. Schnittke’s death in 1998 marked, for many, the end ... More


Introduction

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Introduction to Sonic Overload explains the motivations for the book and sets in play its general themes. Taking stock of the contemporary overabundance of information, the introduction asks how ... More


The Soviet Culture of Collage

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 1 discusses the precursors for polystylism in the film, visual arts, and musicking of the Soviet 1920s and 1930s. It begins by considering two compositions that encapsulate the initial ... More


Schnittke’s Path to Polystylism

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 3 draws on unpublished correspondence and archival documents to offer a fuller accounting of the sources and development of Alfred Schnittke’s evolving concept of polystylism in the late ... More


Silvestrov the Centaur and Polystylism in the 1970s

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 4 examines Valentin Silvestrov’s journey from avant-garde enfant terrible to neoromantic. It looks at Silvestrov’s goal of musical “unity” or “oneness” in the late 1960s and early 1970s as it ... More


Kitsch

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 5 explores contemporary Soviet anxieties about mass media and popular culture by detailing Valentin Silvestrov’s shift in the 1970s from avant-garde cacophony to a quiet, nostalgic style that ... More


The Collage Wave Crests

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 7, the turning point of Sonic Overload, traces the broader development of polystylism in the 1960s and into the 1970s, when many Soviet composers adopted polystylistic approaches in various ... More


Eschatology

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The beginning of the third and final section of the book, Chapter 7, looks at another response to the anxieties accompanying the transition from Stagnation to Perestroika in the 1980s. The chapter ... More


Ghosts and Shadow Sounds

Peter J. Schmelz

in Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197541258
eISBN:
9780197541289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197541258.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Chapter 9 begins studying Alfred Schnittke’s lengthy retreat from polystylism by looking at several of his key compositions from the 1980s, among them his Piano Sonata no. 2, Violin Concerto no. 4, ... More


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