Simon Morrison

in Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229433
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927261 | DOI:

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Clashing with the material aspirations of the Bolsheviks, the post-revolution period led a to a sorrowful and fatigued conclusion of the Symbolist movement. Objectively, it led to either an abandonment of Russia or a making of a painful conciliation with the new reality. Inside Russia, Symbolism metamorphosized into Acmeism and Futurism. It has even been alleged that the artistic policies that musicians and writers were obliged to adopt during the Soviet years had their origins in the Symbolist poetics. Valentinov suggests that the Symbolist doctrine of life creation inspired the Soviet doctrine of Socialist Realism. Post-revolution, Valeriy Bryusov, the mastermind of the Symbolist movement, became a cultural bureaucrat in Moscow; Belïy continued to write, more often enraging than placating the authorities; Ivanov took up teaching in universities. Chaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Scriabin did not live to see the transformation of their homeland. Prokofiev, who had only a tangential and temporary connection to the Symbolist movement, experienced it from afar.

Keywords: Bolshevik; new reality; Futurism; Symbolist poetics; artistic policies; Soviet years

Chapter.  1613 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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