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Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music During the Thaw
Following Stalin's death in 1953, during the period now known as the Thaw, Nikita Khrushchev opened up greater freedoms in cultural and intellectual life. A broad group of intellectuals and artists in Soviet Russia were able to take advantage of this, and in no realm of the arts was this perhaps more true than in music. Students at Soviet conservatories were at last able t ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published March 4th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Peter J. Schmelz's SUCH FREEDOM IF ONLY MUSICAL is a substantial chronicle of Soviet avant-garde music during the Krushchev "thaw", using oral history to compensate for the limited view available from publications. After the death of Stalin in 1953, artistic exploration flourished for a time in Russia and some other Soviet republics. Composers and performers who came of age during the era include Volkonsky, Denisov, Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Pärt, Silvestrov, Lubimov and Shchedrin. Nonetheless, su ...more