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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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Composers in the Gulag: A Preliminary Survey

Composers in the Gulag: A Preliminary Survey

Chapter:
(p.188) Chapter 9 Composers in the Gulag: A Preliminary Survey
Source:
Russian Music since 1917
Author(s):

Inna Klause

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266151.003.0009

It has generally been supposed that the repressions of the Stalinist period affected musicians and composers to a far lesser extent that other artists. The researches carried out by the author of the present chapter indicate that this assumption is not altogether tenable. The reminiscences of former prisoners, the archival holdings of the Memorial organisation and a variety of other sources allude to numerous names of musicians who were either shot or who served sentences in labour camps between the 1920s and 1950s. The chapter focuses in particular on composers, analysing the grounds for their arrest and the conditions that they experienced in the camps.

Keywords:   Gulag, Great Terror, Stalin, Repressed musicians

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