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Nikolay Myaskovsky

Nikolay Myaskovsky Author Gregor Tassie
ISBN-10 9781442231337
Release 2014-05-05
Pages 438
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Gregor Tassie describes Nikolay Myaskovsky as “one of the great enigmas of 20th-century Russian music.” Between the two world wars, the symphonies of Myaskovsky enjoyed great popularity and were performed by all major American and European orchestras; they were some of the most inspiring symphonic works of the last hundred years and prolonged the symphonic genre. But accusations of “formalism” at the 1948 USSR Composers Congress resulted in the purposeful neglect of his music until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Yevgeny Mravinsky

Yevgeny Mravinsky Author Gregor Tassie
ISBN-10 9781461674535
Release 2005-09-07
Pages 304
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This biography of Russian conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky (1903-1988) examines a period and culture rarely dealt with by contemporary scholars. The last of a long line of distinguished Russian aristocrats, Mravinsky emerges from 20th century musical history as Russia's noble conductor. His connection to many prominent musicians—most notably Dmitri Shostakovich—and his life as conductor with the Leningrad Philharmonic provide unique insight into the Soviet music world. Furthermore, the book contains an interview with Andrey Zolotov, a chronology, and a selected discography.

Music of the Soviet Era 1917 1991

Music of the Soviet Era  1917   1991 Author Levon Hakobian
ISBN-10 9781317091875
Release 2016-11-25
Pages 512
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This volume is a comprehensive and detailed survey of music and musical life of the entire Soviet era, from 1917 to 1991, which takes into account the extensive body of scholarly literature in Russian and other major European languages. In this considerably updated and revised edition of his 1998 publication, Hakobian traces the strikingly dramatic development of the music created by outstanding and less well-known, ‘modernist’ and ‘conservative’, ‘nationalist’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ composers of the Soviet era. The book’s three parts explore, respectively, the musical trends of the 1920s, music and musical life under Stalin, and the so-called ’Bronze Age’ of Soviet music after Stalin’s death. Music of the Soviet Era: 1917-1991 considers the privileged position of music in the USSR in comparison to the written and visual arts. Through his examination of the history of the arts in the Soviet state, Hakobian’s work celebrates the human spirit’s wonderful capacity to derive advantage even from the most inauspicious conditions.

Symphony for the City of the Dead

Symphony for the City of the Dead Author M. T. Anderson
ISBN-10 9780763691004
Release 2017-02-07
Pages 464
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The true story of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who wrote a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens--the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory during World War 2.

Lenin and Gorky

Lenin and Gorky Author Vladimir Ilich Lenin
ISBN-10 1410204081
Release 2002-12-01
Pages 440
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This collection contains correspondence between Lenin and Gorky and other material revealing their long-standing friendship. "Gorky by his great works of art has bound himself... closely to the workers' movement in Russia and throughout the world." - Lenin "There are men whose significance no human word can do justice to..." "Such a man, not only for Russia (alone), but for the whole world, for the whole of our planet, is Vladimir Ilyich. I think that no matter how many fine words we speak about him, we can never describe, never define the significance of his work, his energy, his penetrating mind, has for all mankind - and not only for us." - Gorky

On Russian Music

On Russian Music Author Richard Taruskin
ISBN-10 9780520268067
Release 2010-09-30
Pages 416
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This volume gathers 36 essays by one of the leading scholars in the study of Russian music. An extensive introduction lays out the main issues and a justification of Taruskin's approach, seen both in the light of his intellectual development and in that of the changing intellectual environment.

Composing for the Red Screen

Composing for the Red Screen Author Kevin Bartig
ISBN-10 9780199967605
Release 2013-04-04
Pages 336
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Sound film captivated Sergey Prokofiev during the final two decades of his life: he considered composing for nearly two dozen pictures, eventually undertaking eight of them, all Soviet productions. Hollywood luminaries such as Gloria Swanson tempted him with commissions, and arguably more people heard his film music than his efforts in all other genres combined. Films for which Prokofiev composed, in particular those of Sergey Eisenstein, are now classics of world cinema. Drawing on newly available sources, Composing for the Red Screen examines - for the first time - the full extent of this prodigious cinematic career. Author Kevin Bartig examines how Prokofiev's film music derived from a self-imposed challenge: to compose "serious" music for a broad audience. The picture that emerges is of a composer seeking an individual film-music voice, shunning Hollywood models and objecting to his Soviet colleagues' ideologically expedient film songs. Looking at Prokofiev's film music as a whole - with well-known blockbusters like Alexander Nevsky considered alongside more obscure or aborted projects - reveals that there were multiple solutions to the challenge, each with varying degrees of success. Prokofiev carefully balanced his own populist agenda, the perceived aesthetic demands of the films themselves, and, later on, Soviet bureaucratic demands for accessibility.

Kirill Kondrashin

Kirill Kondrashin Author Gregor Tassie
ISBN-10 0810869756
Release 2009-12-29
Pages 384
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Kirill Kondrashin is regarded as one of the most brilliant Russian conductors of the 20th century and a great interpreter of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler. In Kirill Kondrashin: His Life in Music, Gregor Tassie presents a full biography of the artist, from his humble background and early conducting experience at age 17, through his 20 years in Leningrad and at the Bolshoi Theatre; from his breaking with the Bolshoi and the expanded symphonic career that followed, through his defection in 1978, and his unexpected death of a heart attack in 1981. Using first hand accounts and previously unavailable archive materials from the Soviet Party and KGB sources, Tassie provides a detailed view of Kondrashin's life and work, including his appointment as the first Russian conductor to visit America and meet President Eisenhower and his associations with such artists as Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Van Cliburn, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The book also supplies insight and information on the nature of the society in which Kondrashin lived, including political life in the Soviet Union from the 1920s until the 1970s and relations between East and West. Twenty photos are included, as well as a full discography, bibliography, and index, making this a fascinating resource for anyone interested in 20th century music, as well as life in the USSR.

Defining Russia Musically

Defining Russia Musically Author Richard Taruskin
ISBN-10 0691070652
Release 2000
Pages 561
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The world-renowned musicologist Richard Taruskin has devoted much of his career to helping listeners appreciate Russian and Soviet music in new and sometimes controversial ways. Defining Russia Musically represents one of his landmark achievements: here Taruskin uses music, together with history and politics, to illustrate the many ways in which Russian national identity has been constructed, both from within Russia and from the Western perspective. He contends that it is through music that the powerful myth of Russia's "national character" can best be understood. Russian art music, like Russia itself, Taruskin writes, has "always [been] tinged or tainted ... with an air of alterity--sensed, exploited, bemoaned, reveled in, traded on, and defended against both from within and from without." The author's goal is to explore this assumption of otherness in an all-encompassing work that re-creates the cultural contexts of the folksong anthologies of the 1700s, the operas, symphonies, and ballets of the 1800s, the modernist masterpieces of the 1900s, and the hugely fraught but ambiguous products of the Soviet period. Taruskin begins by showing how enlightened aristocrats, reactionary romantics, and the theorists and victims of totalitarianism have variously fashioned their vision of Russian society in musical terms. He then examines how Russia as a whole shaped its identity in contrast to an "East" during the age of its imperialist expansion, and in contrast to two different musical "Wests," Germany and Italy, during the formative years of its national consciousness. The final section, expanded from a series of Christian Gauss seminars presented at Princeton in 1993, focuses on four individual composers, each characterized both as a self-consciously Russian creator and as a European, and each placed in perspective within a revealing hermeneutic scheme. In the culminating chapters--Chaikovsky and the Human, Scriabin and the Superhuman, Stravinsky and the Subhuman, and Shostakovich and the Inhuman--Taruskin offers especially thought-provoking insights, for example, on Chaikovsky's status as the "last great eighteenth-century composer" and on Stravinsky's espousal of formalism as a reactionary, literally counterrevolutionary move.

The End of Russian Philosophy

The End of Russian Philosophy Author Alyssa DeBlasio
ISBN-10 1137409894
Release 2014-11-27
Pages 232
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The early 1990s saw a dramatic rise of optimism in philosophy in Russia, a rise marked by the triumphant return of Russian religious philosophy, the founding of new independent philosophy journals, and the introduction of academic freedom following nearly 75 years of Soviet rule. Already by the mid-2000s, however, the enthusiasm of the 1990s regarding the state of philosophy in Russia had given way to widespread pessimism, with Russia's philosophers regularly denying the existence of the discipline altogether. The End of Russian Philosophy describes and evaluates the troubled state of philosophy in Russia in the post-Soviet decades, as Russia's thinkers find themselves caught between two incompatible definitions of philosophy: a nineteenth-century model of Russian philosophy as essentially Russian and a universal conception of philosophy as a profession without geographical or denominational allegiances. Thus, as a new generation of scholars, alongside their Western colleagues, seeks to revive philosophy as a universal and professionalized discipline, the Russian intellectual climate of the twenty-first century has become identifiable by a preoccupation with what may be the end of the nationalist narrative in Russian philosophy.

The People s Artist

The People s Artist Author Simon Morrison
ISBN-10 9780199830985
Release 2010-10-25
Pages 512
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Sergey Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century's greatest composers--and one of its greatest mysteries. Until now. In The People's Artist, Simon Morrison draws on groundbreaking research to illuminate the life of this major composer, deftly analyzing Prokofiev's music in light of new archival discoveries. Indeed, Morrison was the first scholar to gain access to the composer's sealed files in the Russian State Archives, where he uncovered a wealth of previously unknown scores, writings, correspondence, and unopened journals and diaries. The story he found in these documents is one of lofty hopes and disillusionment, of personal and creative upheavals. Morrison shows that Prokofiev seemed to thrive on uncertainty during his Paris years, stashing scores in suitcases, and ultimately stunning his fellow emigr?s by returning to Stalin's Russia. At first, Stalin's regime treated him as a celebrity, but Morrison details how the bureaucratic machine ground him down with corrections and censorship (forcing rewrites of such major works as Romeo and Juliet), until it finally censured him in 1948, ending his career and breaking his health.

The Mind and Face of Bolshevism

The Mind and Face of Bolshevism Author René Fülöp-Miller
ISBN-10 9781787205093
Release 2017-06-28
Pages 355
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First published in 1927, this is the English translation of German author René Fülöp-Miller’s account of non-political developments under the Bolshevist regime. It thoroughly examines cultural life in the Soviet Union and illustrates, through rich use of photographs throughout, how the mechanistic theory—freed from the control of individualism and individualistic religion, or what the author calls ‘a collective man’—applies itself to decorative design, literature, monumental art, the theatre, music, and education. A revealing book which everyone should read. “The best and most profound book on Bolshevism which has hitherto appeared outside Russia. Fülöp-Miller’s examination is very objective and many-sided.” -NICOLAS BERDYAEV “The most comprehensive book on the non-political side of Bolshevism which, to our knowledge, has so far been published. It is a serious study of the social, philosophical, artistic, religious, and economic antecedents and consequences of Bolshevism, deriving its value not only from an obviously wide acquaintance with the literature of the Subject, but also from the fact that the writer has fortified his reading by firsthand study of and residence in Soviet Russia.”—The Times [London] Literary Supplement “This book is a profound psychological and social study of a movement which must be examined historically and scientifically rather than tested by the political tenets and beliefs to which other countries have for centuries been habituated. No one interested in modern Russia can afford to leave this book unread.”—Asiatic Review (London) “ treats Bolshevism, not from the standpoint of politics or economics, but in its wider aspect, as a new way of life or a new religion. There is the most praiseworthy attempt at objectivity, and the information in the book is exceedingly interesting.” -BERTRAND RUSSELL

Prokofiev s Piano Sonatas

Prokofiev s Piano Sonatas Author Boris Berman
ISBN-10 9780300145007
Release 2008-10-01
Pages 255
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Boris Berman draws on his intimate knowledge of Prokofiev's work to guide music lovers and pianists through the composer's nine piano sonatas.

Voices of Revolution 1917

Voices of Revolution  1917 Author Mark D. Steinberg
ISBN-10 0300101694
Release 2003
Pages 404
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This book gives voice to the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of ordinary Russian people - workers, peasants, soldiers - as expressed in their own words during the vast upheavals of 1917. The documents in the volume are selected from the State Archive of the Russian Federation in Moscow and other Russian collections and most have never been published before. They include letters from individuals to newspapers, institutions, or leaders; collective resolutions and appeals; and even poetry written by self-taught, lower-class authors.

Shostakovich s Music for Piano Solo

Shostakovich s Music for Piano Solo Author Sofia Moshevich
ISBN-10 9780253014313
Release 2015-05-28
Pages 248
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The piano works of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975) are among the most treasured musical compositions of the 20th century. In this volume, pianist and Russian music scholar Sofia Moshevich provides detailed interpretive analyses of the ten major piano solo works by Shostakovich, carefully noting important stylistic details and specific ways to overcome the numerous musical and technical challenges presented by the music. Each piece is introduced with a brief historic and structural description, followed by an examination of such interpretive aspects as tempo, phrasing, dynamics, voice balance, pedaling, and fingering. This book will be an invaluable resource for students, pedagogues, and performers of Shostakovich's piano solos.


MUSIC AND THE MIND Author Anthony Storr
ISBN-10 9781501122095
Release 2015-05-19
Pages 320
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Why does music have such a powerful effect on our minds and bodies? It is the most mysterious and most tangible of all forms of art. Yet, Anthony Storr believes, music today is a deeply significant experience for a greater number of people than ever before. In this book, he explores why this should be so. Drawing on a wide variety of opinions, Storr argues that the patterns of music make sense of our inner experience, giving both structure and coherence to our feelings and emotions. It is because music possesses this capacity to restore our sense of personal wholeness in a culture which requires us to separate rational thought from feelings that many people find it so life-enhancing that it justifies existence.

Modern Times

Modern Times Author Robert P Morgan
ISBN-10 9781349112913
Release 1993-11-02
Pages 464
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Modern Times has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Modern Times also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Modern Times book for free.