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Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity under Lenin and Stalin

Pauline Fairclough


This book explores the evolving role of music in shaping the cultural identity of the Soviet Union in a revelatory work that counters certain hitherto accepted views of an unbending, unchanging state policy of repression, censorship, and dissonance that existed in all areas of Soviet artistic endeavour. Newly opened archives from the Leninist and Stalinist eras have shed new light on Soviet concert life, demonstrating how the music of the past was used to help mold and deliver cultural policy, how ‘undesirable’ repertoire was weeded out during the 1920s, and how Russian and non-Russian compose ... More

Keywords: cultural identity, Soviet music, Soviet Union, West, censorship, cultural policy, concerts, Stalinist culture, composers, musicians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217193
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pauline Fairclough, author
University of Bristol