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Five Operas and a Symphony: Word and Music in Russian Culture

Boris Gasparov


This book gazes through the lens of music to find an unusual perspective on Russian cultural and literary history. It discusses six major works of Russian music from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, showing the interplay of musical texts with their literary and historical sources within the ideological and cultural contexts of their times. Each musical work becomes a tableau representing a moment in Russian history, and together the works form a coherent story of ideological and aesthetic trends as they evolved in Russia from the time of Pushkin to the rise of totalitarianism in the 193 ... More

Keywords: literary history, Russian music, musical texts, historical sources, cultural contexts, aesthetic trends, totalitarianism, cultural history, Pushkin, Tchaikovsky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300106503
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Boris Gasparov, author