Making New Music in Cold War Poland: The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956-1968

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Univ of California Press, Oct 25, 2016 - History - 272 pages
Making New Music in Cold War Poland presents a social analysis of new music dissemination at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, one of the most important venues for East-West cultural contact during the Cold War. In this incisive study, Lisa Jakelski examines the festivalŐs institutional organization, negotiations among its various actors, and its reception in Poland, while also considering the festivalŐs worldwide ramifications, particularly the ways that it contributed to the cross-border movement of ideas, objects, and people (including composers, performers, official festival guests, and tourists). This book explores social interactions within institutional frameworks and how these interactions shaped the practices, values, and concepts associated with new music.
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Contents

The Sounds of Revolution?
11
Building an Empty Frame
34
A Raucous Education
63
From Warsaw to the World
86
Mobilizing Performers Scores and AvantGardes
110
The Limits of Exchange
139
Epilogue
165
Concert Program of the Warsaw Autumn International
173
Biographical Notes
179
Bibliography
215
Index
231
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Lisa Jakelski is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

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