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Russian Music and Nationalism : From Glinka to Stalin (Hardcover)

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Challenging what is widely regarded as the distinguishing feature of Russian musicits ineffable Russianness?Marina Frolova-Walker examines the history of Russian music from the premiere of Glinka's operaA Life for the Tsar in 1836 to the death of Stalin in 1953, the years in which musical nationalism was encouraged and endorsed by the Russian state and its Soviet successor.

The author identifies and discusses two central myths that dominated Russian culture during this periodthat art revealed the Russian soul, and that this nationalist artistic tradition was founded by Glinka and Pushkin. The author also offers a critical account of how the imperatives of nationalist thought affected individual composers. In this way Frolova-Walker provides a new perspective on the brilliant creativity, innovation, and eventual stagnation within the tradition of Russian nationalist music.


Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780300112733
SKU 206778713
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0300112734
Release Date 1/21/2008
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0402
Publisher Yale University Press
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