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I am a cultural historian specialising in Soviet music and the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. My first book, A Soviet Credo: Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony (Ashgate, 2006) was an in-depth study of Shostakovich's symphonic masterpiece, which had to wait twenty five years for its premiere in the post-Stalin era. My second monograph, funded by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, was Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin (Yale, 2016), which was co-winner of the BASEES Women's Forum Book Prize in 2018. I have edited four volumes: The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich (with David Fanning, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Shostakovich Studies 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Twentieth Century Music and Politics: Essays in memory of Neil Edmunds (Ashgate, 2012) and 1917 and Beyond: Continuity, Rupture and Memory in Russian Music (MHRA, 2019, with Philip Bullock).
My biography of Shostakovich, written for Reaktion Books' 'Critical Lives' series, was published in 2019.
From 2021-23 I hold a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and will be writing a monograph on Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Oxford University Press.
I am an elected Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association, co-editor of the CUP journal Twentieth-Century Music, General Editor of Routledge's Russian and East European Music series and I am on the editorial board of the Moscow journal Iskusstvo muzïki. Teoriya i istoriya (The Art of Music. Theory and History). Together with Olga Digonskaya of the Shostakovich Archive in Moscow, I run the 'Shostakovich and his Epoch' study group of the International Musicological Society.
'Russian and Soviet Music: Reappraisal and Rediscovery' with Patrick Zuk, Music Department, University of Durham, 11-14 July 2011. http://www.dur.ac.uk/music/russianmusicconference2011/
'Shostakovich 2006: International Centenary Conference' http://www.bris.ac.uk/arts/birtha/conferences/shostakovich
'1948 and all that: Music, Politics and Power in the Soviet Union' with Marina Frolova-Walker, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2009: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/962
'Twentieth-century Music and Politics', Department of Music, University of Bristol, 14-16 April 2010 http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/birtha/conferences/music_politics
Co-editor, Twentieth-Century Music1 Jan 2018 → 31 Dec 2022
External Examiner, Music Tripos Part II, University of Cambridge1 Jan 2018 → 1 Jul 2020
Vice President, Royal Musical Association1 Jan 2017 → 1 Jan 2021
General Editor, Russian and East European Music Series, Routledge1 Jan 2016 → 31 Dec 2021
Editorial Council, Iskusstvo Muziki. Teoriya i Istoriya.2016 → 1800
Co-Convenor, International Musicological Society Shostakovich Study Group2012 → …
Directorium member, BASEES Russian and East European Music Study Group2006 → 1800
Fairclough, P., Bullock, P., Panteleeva, O., Mitchell, R., Taylor, J. & Emerson, C., 17 Jan 2019, 1 ed. London: Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA). 208 p. (Slavonic and East European Review; vol. 97, no. 1)
Research output: Book/Report › Edited book
Fairclough, P., Jan 2019, In : Slavonic and East European Review. 97, 1, p. 9-38 31 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Downloads (Pure)
BA Mid-Career Fellowship - Classics for the Masses: socialist realism and the Western canon in Soviet music, 1917-1964.
Pauline Fairclough (Recipient)1 Oct 2013 → 1 Jul 2014
Activity: Other activity types › Fellowship awarded competitively
Pauline Fairclough (Chair)2009 → …
Activity: Membership types › Membership of external research organisation