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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 book, 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 and won the 2017 Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title. It has been translated into Spanish as Clásicos para las masas (Akal, 2021).
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 study of Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Oxford University Press.
I am co-editor of the CUP journal Twentieth-Century Music, General Editor of Routledge's Slavonic 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. From 2017-2022 I was an elected Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association.
'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
External Examiner, BA, University of Edinburgh
1 Sep 2021 → 31 Jul 2024
Co-editor, Twentieth-Century Music
1 Jan 2018 → 31 Dec 2022
External Examiner, Music Tripos Part II, University of Cambridge
1 Jan 2018 → 1 Jul 2020
Vice President, Royal Musical Association
1 Jan 2017 → 1 Jan 2022
General Editor, Russian and East European Music Series, Routledge
1 Jan 2016 → 31 Dec 2026
Editorial Council, Art of Music. Theory and History
2016 → 1800
External Examiner, BA Music, Newcastle University
1 Jan 2014 → 31 Dec 2016
Co-Convenor, International Musicological Society Shostakovich Study Group
2012 → …
Directorium member, BASEES Russian and East European Music Study Group
2006 → 1800
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Fairclough, P., 2021, In: Music and Letters. 101, 4, 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen Access
Fairclough, P., Bullock, P., Panteleeva, O., Mitchell, R., Taylor, J. & Emerson, C., 5 Mar 2019, London: Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA). 208 p. (Slavonic and East European Review; vol. 97, no. 1)
Research output: Book/Report › Edited book
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