Music of the Repressed Russian Avant-garde, 1900-1929

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 - Music - 347 pages

Soviet and Russian music of the first third of the 20th century--with the exception of the music of a few high-profile composers who were officially sponsored by the State--is still largely unexplored territory, known only to a few specialists. Nevertheless, the music has considerable intrinsic value well beyond its curiosity appeal, and includes many pieces unaccountably forgotten and certainly worth reviving, to the ultimate enhancement of our concert repertoire. The study of this music also explains much about the foundations of Soviet culture and its subsequent suppression and decline under the Stalinist yoke. The purpose of this volume is to stimulate interest in this little-known area of Soviet/Russian music. The works charted here constitute a great flowering of avant-garde music which was then savagely dealt with for Stalin's political purposes.

 

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Contents

The Precursors
10
Aleksei V Stanchinskiy The Diatonic Webern
27
The Big Three
38
Aleksandr V Mosolov The Man of Steel
60
Arthur V Lourie The Decadent Out of Place
87
The Smaller Five
111
Vladimir V Shcherbachev Old Wine in New Vessels
133
Lev K Knipper Wind from the West
149
Yulian G Krein Precocious Cosmopolitan
230
Aleksandr M Veprik The Ukrainian Bartok and Bloch
236
Mikhail F Gnessin The Jewish Glinka
242
Composers in Exile
248
Nikolai Obukhov Mystic Beyond Scriabin
254
Iosif M Schillinger Gershwins Teacher
264
Aleksandr N Tcherepnine Suave Internationalist
273
Musicologists and Transients
283

Boris N Liatoshinski The Passionate Slav
158
Vladimir M Deshevov The Man of the Theater
171
The Reluctant AvantGardists
183
Anatoliy N Aleksandrov The PostRachmaninovian
199
Boris A Aleksandrov Son of the Composer of the Soviet Anthem
214
The Jewish School
217
BIBLIOGRAPHY
218
Aleksandr A Krein Voice in the Wilderness
219
Grigoriy A Krein Toward Assimilation
225
Leonid L Sabaneev Wouldbe Scientist Becomes Critic
291
Dmitriy M Melkikh Rhapsodist
303
Gavrill N Popov Contrapuntalist
310
Aleksei S Zhivotov Notorious for One Piece
318
Efim Golyshchev The First Serialist?
323
Georgi M RimskyKorsakov Microtonist
326
Further Scores for Study and Reference
329
Index
343
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About the author (1994)

LARRY SITSKY is Head, Department of Composition, Canberra School of Music, Australia. He is the composer of many musical compositions, and is probably Australia's most commissioned composer. He has, as a pianist, issued a number of CDs of contemporary and mainstream music. As an author, he has written extensively for professional publications. He is the author of Greenwood's Busoni and the Piano (1986) and The Reproducing Piano Roll (2 vols., 1990), as well as the forthcoming Piano Compositions of Anton Rubinstein.

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