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Kitezh

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249790
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942806 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249790.003.0015
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Rimsky's positivistic and materialistic worldview was well known to his contemporaries, and thoroughly formed his artistic beliefs and teaching. Rimsky curiously asserted that art is nothing more than technical know-how, an enhancement in which it corresponds with enhanced expression. This chapter appraises the paradoxical reflections that religious arts, generated from a non-religious source, emitted, and seeks to identify the causes behind this apparent discontinuity between Rimsky's belief and expression. Rimsky was not above churning out church choruses for performance by the Imperial Court Chapel Choir, at whose school he taught part-time exactly until he qualified for a pension. He quoted Orthodox Church chants in a couple of works, including one of his most popular orchestral showpieces, the Russian Easter Overture. Kitezh, in this context, is one of the best instances that qualify as a subject for this inquiry.

Keywords: positivistic; Imperial Court Chapel; Kitezh; Russian Easter Overture; Orthodox Church; non-religious source

Chapter.  2129 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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