Sollertinskii and Dialogical Symphonism

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Ivan Sollertinskii was, together with Boris Asafiev, the most important music critic and scholar in Soviet Russia until his early death in 1944. This article examines his monograph on Mahler in the light of his association with Bakhtin and his close friendship with Shostakovich. It concludes that Sollertinskii, by presenting Mahler in a favourable ideological light as a 'fellow traveller', aimed to found a new aesthetic basis for Soviet symphonism based on features of Mahler's work.
Translated title of the contributionSollertinskii and Dialogical Symphonism
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bakhtin Circle. In the Master's Absence
EditorsCraig Brandist, David Shepherd, Galin Tihanov
PublisherManchester University Press
Pages167 - 185
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0719064082
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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