A Far From Silent World

Lynn M. Sargeant

in Harmony and Discord

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199735266
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894505 | DOI:

Series: The New Cultural History of Music Series

A Far From Silent World

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This chapter uses the periodical press to introduce readers to the musical world of Russia before the Great Reforms. It examines musicians not as a social group but as an amalgam of Russian society whose disparate and distinct parts—amateurs, artists, serfs, foreigners, and students—were all essential to the proper functioning of musical life. In addition, it explores the sites of musical life, including not only concerts, salons, and musical societies, but also the particularities of musical life in the capitals and the provinces. Finally, music criticism is evaluated in an attempt to understand the intellectual imperatives that both encouraged the establishment of the Russian Musical Society and made its activities so controversial.

Keywords: musicians; amateurs; serfs; concerts; Salons; musical societies; provinces

Chapter.  16840 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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