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Five Operas and a SymphonyWord and Music in Russian Culture$
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Boris Gasparov

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106503

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106503.001.0001

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Epilogue “Prima la musica, dopo le parole”: Musical Genealogy of a National Anthem

Epilogue “Prima la musica, dopo le parole”: Musical Genealogy of a National Anthem

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(p.209) Epilogue “Prima la musica, dopo le parole”: Musical Genealogy of a National Anthem
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Five Operas and a Symphony
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Boris Gasparov

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106503.003.0009

This chapter examines the musical genealogy of the national anthem of the Soviet Union. It explains that “Internationale” was composed by Degeiter with lyrics by Eugene Pottier and was originally written in 1871 to celebrate the creation of the Second Socialist International. It also clarifies that the anthem symbolized internationalist solidarity and served as proof against any association with liturgical singing and that this musical idiom was very much in vogue as a general pattern of early Soviet popular music.

Keywords:   national anthem, Soviet Union, musical geneaology, Internationale, Paul Degeiter, Eugene Pottier, Second Socialist International, international solidarity, musical idiom

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