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Serfdom, Society, and the Arts in Imperial RussiaThe Pleasure and the Power$
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Richard Stites

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108897

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108897.001.0001

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In Search of a Concert Hall

In Search of a Concert Hall

(p.88) 3 In Search of a Concert Hall
Serfdom, Society, and the Arts in Imperial Russia

Richard Stites

Yale University Press

This chapter examines concert performances in imperial Russia. It suggests that the concert hall served as a training ground for the musical ear and as an instrument of cultural identity, and discusses the listening habits of Russian concert audiences from scenic and textual guidance to an engagement with sonorities, forms, and harmonies. The chapter also highlights the role of Anton Rubinstein in establishing the musician as a free artist on the cultural landscape just as the mass of the enserfed population was being turned into free subjects of the tsar.

Keywords:   concert performances, imperial Russia, concert hall, cultural identity, concert audience, Arthur Rubinstein, free artist, enserfed population

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