A History of Russian Music: From Kamarinskaya to Babi Yar

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Francis Maes's comprehensive and imaginative book introduces the general public to the scholarly debate that has revolutionized Russian music history over the past two decades. Based on the most recent critical literature, A History of Russian Music summarizes the new view of Russian music and provides a solid overview of the relationships between artistic movements and political ideas.

The revision of Russian music history may count as one of the most significant achievements of recent musicology. The Western view used to be largely based on the ideas of Vladimir Stasov, a friend and confidant of leading nineteenth-century Russian composers who was more a propagandist than a historian. With the deconstruction of Stasov's interpretation, stereotyped views have been replaced by a fuller understanding of the conditions and the context in which composers such as Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Stravinsky created their oeuvres. Even the more recent history of Soviet music, in particular the achievement of Dmitry Shostakovich, is being assessed on new documentary grounds.

A more complex conception of Russian music develops as Maes explores the cultural and historical milieu from which great works have emerged. Questioning and re-examining traditional views, the author considers the personal development of composers, the relationship of art to social and political ideals in Russia, and the ideologies behind musical research.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 441 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (February 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520248252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520248250
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

An excellent history

 on September 15, 2017
By RobLongmeadow
A comprehensive study of the history of music in Russia, well and thoughtfully written.

Used for Russian Music class

13 people found this helpful.
 on September 16, 2005
By B. Mestek
This book was required for my Russian Music History class, and so to save money, I bought it off Amazon. However, the great thing about this being our textbook is that it reads like a novel. It’s very descriptive, gives all the information you might need on any particular major Russian composer, along with a lot of interesting background insight that helps the understanding of the music and composers even more. The history of Russia at the time of the composers is also included within and so this really is a great all around Russian Music History book. I’d recommend it to anyone needing information the topic.


2 people found this helpful.
 on November 14, 2009
By Newton H. Wayland
The two copies I ordered arrived promptly and in pristine shape. The price was right,

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