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Russian Music since 1917Reappraisal and Rediscovery$
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Patrick Zuk and Marina Frolova-Walker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266151

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266151.001.0001

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Musical Uproar in Moscow (II)

Musical Uproar in Moscow (II)

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(p.359) Chapter 16 Musical Uproar in Moscow (II)
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Russian Music since 1917
Author(s):

Laurel E. Fay

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266151.003.0016

The core of this chapter is documentation of the proceedings of the Eighth All-Union Congress of Soviet Composers in 1991, drawn from the eyewitness account and tape-recorded transcripts made by the author, the only Western musicologist who was accredited to attend. It provides a vivid snapshot of a critical moment in Soviet musical and cultural history, a time of political upheaval, regional and ethnic strife, and economic collapse. The Congress began hopefully, but quickly disintegrated into a debacle of monumental proportions. From the vantage point of twenty years later, the Eighth—and what proved to be the final—Congress of the USSR Union of Composers stands out as a turning point in a radical and unprecedented cultural transformation.

Keywords:   Composers Union of the USSR, Tikhon Khrennikov, post-Soviet culture, glasnost’

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