North (Europe) by Northwest (America)

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:
North (Europe) by Northwest (America)

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This chapter focuses on the discussions on the presence and future of classical Russian music in North European countries and Northwest America at the music festival and conference titled “Baltic Voices,” organized by the Seattle Chamber Players in Seattle, Washington, U.S., in Fecbruary 2004. The event was attended by music critics, composers, and historians. The festival took a broad view of the Baltic region to include countries and cities along the Baltic Sea, thus including music from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Denmark, and Germany in its programs and presentations. On a discussion on the pan-Baltic perspective of music, only the representatives from Latvia and Lithuania agreed with the perspective and discussed the change in music since their countries became free from Soviet domination. The chapter further discusses the music compositions presented by representatives of other participating countries.

Keywords: Baltic Voices; classical music; Russian music; Seattle Chamber Players; Seattle; Baltic region; music festivals

Chapter.  2389 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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