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Defining Russia musically : historical and hermeneutical essays

Author: Richard Taruskin
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1997.
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The world-renowned musicologist Richard Taruskin has devoted much of his career to helping listeners appreciate Russian and Soviet music in new and sometimes controversial ways. Defining Russia Musically represents one of his landmark achievements: here Taruskin uses music, together with history and politics, to illustrate the many ways in which Russian national identity has been constructed, both from within Russia  Read more...
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Named Person: Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky; Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin; Igor Stravinsky; Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Taruskin
ISBN: 0691011567 9780691011561
OCLC Number: 35364722
Description: xxxii, 561 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Others : a mythology and a demurrer (by way of preface) --
Defining Russia musically (seven mini-essays). N.A. Lvov and the folk ; M.I. Glinka and the state ; P.I. Chaikovsky and the ghetto ; Who am I? (and who are you?) ; Safe harbors ; After everything ; Objectives --
Self and other. How the acorn took root ; "Entoiling the Falconet" ; Ital'yanshchina --
Hermeneutics of Russian music : four cruxes. Chaikovsky and the human : a centennial essay ; Scriabin and the superhuman : a millennial essay ; Stravinsky and the subhuman. A myth of the twentieth century : The rite of spring, the tradition of the new, and "the music itself"; Notes on Svadebka ; Shostakovich and the inhuman. Shostakovich and us ; Entr'acte : the lessons of Lady M. ; Public lies and unspeakable truth : interpreting the Fifth symphony.
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