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Stalin's Music PrizeSoviet Culture and Politics$
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Marina Frolova-Walker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300208849

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300208849.001.0001

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Shostakovich as a Committee Member

Shostakovich as a Committee Member

(p.113) Chapter Five Shostakovich as a Committee Member
Stalin's Music Prize

Marina Frolova-Walker

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Dmitry Shostakovich's behaviour as a member of the Stalin Prize Committee (KSP). Shostakovich started attending meetings of the Music Section in March 1947. When the plenary sessions of the KSP began in April, Shostakovich and Nikolai Myaskovsky clashed over the latter's former student, Yevgeny Golubev, whose oratorio The Immortal Heroes (Geroi bessmertnï) was under discussion. This chapter first considers the conflicting accounts of Shostakovich's criticism of Golubev before discussing what his colleagues deemed to be Shostakovich's undiplomatic behaviour in various instances, including his stance regarding Anatoly Aleksandrov's opera Bela. It then examines Shostakovich's removal from the KSP in February 1948 and his reinstatement in December 1951. It argues that Shostakovich's interventions at the KSP reflect his fiery public temperament that went against professional etiquette or delicacy as well as hypocrisy or tedium.

Keywords:   Dmitry Shostakovich, Stalin Prize Committee, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Yevgeny Golubev, The Immortal Heroes, Anatoly Aleksandrov, Bela, Stalin Prize

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