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


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The conclusion explores the impact of World War I and the revolutions of 1917 on the Russian Musical Society, its branches, and its educational institutions. During WWI, accusations of collusion in draft evasion schemes involving Jewish students in the Society's educational institutions undermined their public prestige. After the February Revolution, the conservatories and the Russian Musical Society struggled to renegotiate their relationship, with little success. After the October Revolution, the nationalization of the Society's conservatories, schools, and classes by the Bolshevik regime led to the disintegration of the voluntary association. Efforts to proletarianize the conservatory student body had limited success, despite the development of institutions such as the Musical Rabfak and the Sunday Workers' Conservatory that were intended to democratize music education. The Society's former institutions became the foundation for a broad Soviet system of specialized music education.

Keywords: World War I; draft evasion; Jews; February Revolution; Russian Musical Society; October Revolution; Nationalization; Rabfak; Sunday Workers' Conservatory

Chapter.  9699 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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