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The birth of contemporary Russia out of the spirit of Russian music

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Author(s): Taraskin Ričard

Journal: Muzikologija
ISSN 1450-9814

Volume: 2006;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 63;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Soviet music | Russian music | Cold War | Second Russian Revolution | stereotypes | totalitarianism | democracy | neonationalism

ABSTRACT
In this article, the author observes and discusses the effects of Russian history on Russian music in the second half of the XXth century. Forming part of author’s long-range persistent polemics against Russian exceptionalism and against the kind of romantic overvaluation of art, the article expresses sharp and provocative views of the main stylistic tendencies in Soviet and Russian music during and after the epoch of the Cold War, as well as after the Second Russian Revolution in 1991. Special attention is paid to the activity and works of the most prominent Russian composers of their time Andrey Volkonsky, Edison Denisov, Nikolai Keretnikov, Arvo Pärt, Elena Frisova, Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke.
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