The Perestroyka of Soviet Symphonism

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Socialist Realism is commonly regarded as sounding a death knell for Soviet artistic creation. Yet, as proceedings from the 1935 'Discussions about Soviet symphonism' show, it was so imprecisely formulated that no one could agree on its implications for Soviet symphonism. Soviet composers and musicologists tried to turn this to their advantage in several ways. It is argued here that, with crucia backing from prominent musicologists such as Ivan SOllertinsky, Shostakovich could have expected his Fourth Symphony to win official acceptance and thus set a valid precedent for a new kind of Soviet symphony.
Translated title of the contributionThe Perestroyka of Soviet Symphonism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259 - 273
Number of pages14
JournalMusic and Letters
Publication statusPublished - May 2002

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Publisher: Oxford University Press


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