The Resource Defining Russia musically : historical and hermeneutical essays, Richard Taruskin

Defining Russia musically : historical and hermeneutical essays, Richard Taruskin

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Defining Russia musically : historical and hermeneutical essays
Title
Defining Russia musically
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historical and hermeneutical essays
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Richard Taruskin
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eng
Summary
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 and from the Western perspective. He contends that it is through music that the powerful myth of Russia's "national character" can best be understood. Russian art music, like Russia itself, Taruskin writes, has "always [been] tinged or tainted ... with an air of alterity--sensed, exploited, bemoaned, reveled in, traded on, and defended against both from within and from without." The author's goal is to explore this assumption of otherness in an all-encompassing work that re-creates the cultural contexts of the folksong anthologies of the 1700s, the operas, symphonies, and ballets of the 1800s, the modernist masterpieces of the 1900s, and the hugely fraught but ambiguous products of the Soviet period. Taruskin begins by showing how enlightened aristocrats, reactionary romantics, and the theorists and victims of totalitarianism have variously fashioned their vision of Russian society in musical terms. He then examines how Russia as a whole shaped its identity in contrast to an "East" during the age of its imperialist expansion, and in contrast to two different musical "Wests," Germany and Italy, during the formative years of its national consciousness. The final section, expanded from a series of Christian Gauss seminars presented at Princeton in 1993, focuses on four individual composers, each characterized both as a self-consciously Russian creator and as a European, and each placed in perspective within a revealing hermeneutic scheme. In the culminating chapters--Chaikovsky and the Human, Scriabin and the Superhuman, Stravinsky and the Subhuman, and Shostakovich and the Inhuman--Taruskin offers especially thought-provoking insights, for example, on Chaikovsky's status as the "last great eighteenth-century composer" and on Stravinsky's espousal of formalism as a reactionary, literally counterrevolutionary move
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Taruskin, Richard
Index
index present
LC call number
ML300
LC item number
.T37 1997
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich
  • Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich
  • Stravinsky, Igor
  • Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich
  • Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich
  • Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich
  • Stravinsky, Igor
  • Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich
  • Music
  • Musique
  • Muziek
  • Componisten
  • Histoire
  • Musique
  • Music
  • Russie
  • Russia
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Defining Russia musically : historical and hermeneutical essays, Richard Taruskin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxii, 561 pages
Isbn
9780691011561
Lccn
96041182
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)35364722
  • (OCoLC)ocm35364722
Label
Defining Russia musically : historical and hermeneutical essays, Richard Taruskin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxii, 561 pages
Isbn
9780691011561
Lccn
96041182
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35364722
  • (OCoLC)ocm35364722

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