The Geography 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

The Geography of Culture

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This chapter examines the role of the Russian Musical Society in fostering the expansion of musical institutions into the provinces. The expansion of musical life is tied to broader processes of socioeconomic development and rapid urbanization in the Russian Empire after the Great Reforms. The enthusiasm for the piano and piano instruction was as strong in the provinces as it was in the capitals, a fact that was both resented and exploited by the Russian Musical Society's provincial leadership. The chapter also examines the importance attached to the symphony orchestra, the perception of a shortage of orchestral musicians, and consequent efforts by provincial branches to develop strong orchestral training programs. A wise variety of archival sources are used to outline the educational and concert activities of a significant number of the Society's provincial branches, including those in Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov, Saratov, Poltava, Tiflis, Kazan, Tomsk, and Ivanovo‐Vosnesensk.

Keywords: provinces; Russian Empire; Kiev; Odessa; Kharkov; Saratov; Poltava; Tiflis; Kazan; Tomsk; Ivanovo‐Vosnesensk

Chapter.  17500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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