This is the second of three linked courses exploring Russian music during the Soviet era, and deals with what was probably the most repressive period of Stalin’s leadership. As we examine how composers managed to live with this, the work of Shostakovich will feature prominently, especially his war-time symphonies; now, however, Prokofiev also becomes important, and the picture will be further filled out by exploring the music of lesser-known figures. Though linked to the earlier course, this one will be entirely self-standing, and does not require that you attended last term.
- Abraham et al., The New Grove Russian Masters 2: Rimsky-Korsakov, Rakhmaninov, Skryabin, Prokofiev, Shostakovich. London, 1986.
- Schwarz, Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia: 1917-1981. London, 1983.
- Tomoff, Creative Union: The Professional Organization of Soviet Composers, 1939-1953. Ithaca, 2006.
There are many books about Shostakovich, of which these are a selection:
- L.E. Fay, Shostakovich: A Life. New York, 1999.
- MacDonald, The New Shostakovich. London, 1990.
- Volkov, Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich. London, 1987.
- Wilson, Shostakovich: a Life Remembered. London, 1994.
For details of controversies over-interpreting his music, see
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