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On Russian Music

Richard Taruskin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249790
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942806 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249790.001.0001
On Russian Music

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This book gathers thirty-six essays on composers ranging from Bortnyansky in the eighteenth century to Tarnopolsky in the twenty-first, as well as all of the famous names in between. Some of these pieces, such as the ones on Chaikovsky's alleged suicide and on the interpretation of Shostakovich's legacy, have won fame in their own right as contributions to some of the most significant debates in contemporary musicology. An extensive introduction lays out the main issues and a justification of the author's approach, seen both in the light of his intellectual development and in that of the changing intellectual environment, which has been particularly marked by the end of the cold war in Europe.

Keywords: Russian composers; Bortnyansky; Tarnopolsky; Chaikovsky; Shostakovich; contemporary musicology; cold war

Book.  416 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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