Soviet music and society under Lenin and Stalin [electronic resource] : the baton and sickle / edited by Neil Edmunds.

New York : RoutledgeCurzon, c2004.
1 online resource (258 p.)


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This book investigates the place of music in Soviet society during the eras of Lenin and Stalin. It examines the different strategies adopted by composers and musicians in their attempts to carve out careers in a rapidly evolving society, discusses the role of music in Soviet society and people's lives, and shows how political ideology proved an inspiration as well as an inhibition. It explores how music and politics interacted in the lives of two of the twentieth century's greatest composers - Shostakovich and Prokofiev - and also in the lives of less well-known composers. In addition it c
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Cover; Soviet Music and Society under Lenin and Stalin: The baton and sickle; Copyright; Contents; Illustrations; Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; A note on transliteration; Introduction; 1 Music in the socialist state; 2 The ways of Russian popular music to 1953; 3 Declared dead, but only provisionally: Shostakovich, Soviet music-hall and Uslovno ubityi; 4 From the factory to the flat: Thirty years of the Song of the Counterplan; 5 Prokofiev's Le Pas d'Acier: How the steel was tempered; 6 'Lenin is always with us': Soviet musical propaganda and its composers during the 1920s
  • 7 Amateurs and enthusiasts: Folk music and the Soviet state on stage in the 1930s8 National identity, cultural policy and the Soviet Folk Ensemble in Armenia; 9 Going beyond the border: National cultural policy and the development of musical life in Soviet Karelia, 1920-1940; 10 A nation on stage: Music and the 1936 Festival of Kazak Arts; 11 Uzeyir Hajibeyov and his role in the development of musical life in Azerbaidzhan; Index
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