Zealots of Culture

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

Zealots of Culture

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This chapter focuses on the establishment of the Russian Musical Society in the era of the Great Reforms and its significance as a cultural voluntary association. The Society's legal charter, membership policies, and leadership are explored in detail. The contributions of both Anton Rubinstein and Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna are examined through the memoir literature, while the periodical press is used to explore the controversies that surrounded the Society's initial concert seasons and its first efforts at music education. Although polemical battles with the Balakirev Circle and its supporters are explored, the chapter focuses primarily on the Society's contributions to the modernization of Russian musical life.

Keywords: Anton Rubinstein; Balakirev Circle; Elena Pavlovna; Great Reforms; Russian Musical Society; charter; voluntary associations; modernization

Chapter.  12699 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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