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Music of the Soviet Era: 1917–1991

2nd Edition

By Levon Hakobian

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512 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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This volume is a comprehensive and detailed survey of music and musical life of the entire Soviet era, from 1917 to 1991, which takes into account the extensive body of scholarly literature in Russian and other major European languages. In this considerably updated and revised edition of his 1998 publication, Hakobian traces the strikingly dramatic development of the music created by outstanding and less well-known, ‘modernist’ and ‘conservative’, ‘nationalist’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ composers of the Soviet era. The book’s three parts explore, respectively, the musical trends of the 1920s, music and musical life under Stalin, and the so-called ’Bronze Age’ of Soviet music after Stalin’s death. Music of the Soviet Era: 1917–1991 considers the privileged position of music in the USSR in comparison to the written and visual arts. Through his examination of the history of the arts in the Soviet state, Hakobian’s work celebrates the human spirit’s wonderful capacity to derive advantage even from the most inauspicious conditions.

Table of Contents

PART I. REMAINDERS OF THE SILVER AGE AND THE STURM UND DRANG OF SOVIET MODERNISM

I.1. The Distribution of Forces on the Musical Scene During the Early Post-Revolutionary Period

I.2. The Rise of Shostakovich

PART II. MUSIC UNDER STALIN

II.1. The Beginnings of the ‘Big Soviet Style’. Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk District and the First Offensives on ‘Formalism’

II.2. The Second Half of the Thirties; the Period of ‘Maturity’ of Soviet Music

II.3. The War and Early Post-War Years

II.4. The Year 1948 and After

PART III. THE YEAR 1953 AND AFTER: THE ‘BRONZE AGE’

III.1. Introduction: the Progress of Events

III.2. Shostakovich in 1953–75

III.3. Shostakovich’s Disciples

III.4. The Avant-Garde of Moscow: the ‘Great Three’ and Other Major Figures

III.5. Innovative Tendencies Outside Russia

III.6. Some ‘Independents’ and ‘Middle-Roads’

About the Author

Levon Hakobian, born 1953 in Yerevan, Armenia, is Head of the Department of Music Theory at the State Institute of Art Studies, Moscow, Russia. He has published widely on a number of topics, including Soviet Music, 20th century composers, medieval Armenian sacred chants, and topical problems of musical science.

About the Series

Routledge Russian and East European Music and Culture

The parameters of the Routledge Russian and East European Music and Culture series encompass multiple genres of music, including contemporary art music and popular music..

The series encourages submissions that represent the fields of critical musicology and cultural history in a broader sense. Volumes that focus strongly on a single work will need to take a broad view on what made it interesting within the culture that produced it, and not merely describe the work in analytical terms. For monographs, studies of individual works that were especially rich in context would be welcome, as would studies that bring together music and other disciplines (history of literature, drama, visual arts, cinema) in new and enriching ways. Studies that span national boundaries and traditional boundaries of political time are especially encouraged, such as a volume challenging the dominance of 1917 as a point of rupture (and equally, challenging 1991 and other dates of major political change for the same reason), and volumes that reach across borders. Proposals for books in the series (whether single authored or contributed) should contain a strong element of cross-fertilization, whether that be disciplinary, national or political.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS000000
MUSIC / General