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Bershadskaya, Tat′yana Sergeyevna

Elena Titova

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Petrograd [now St Petersburg], July 4, 1921). Russian musicologist. She graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1947 and undertook a postgraduate course there in 1951. Her teachers at the conservatory included Yu.N. Tyulin and K.S. Kushnaryov. She was appointed a lecturer at the Leningrad Conservatory in 1945, later becoming assistant professor (1961) and professor (1979). She gained the doctorate from the Moscow State Conservatory in 1986. She became a member of the Composers' Union in 1975, and has been a member of its traditional music section from 1976 and its criticism and musicology section from 1978. She has been awarded medals for her services to Leningrad during World War II, and in 1993 was made an Honoured Art Worker of Russia.

Bershadskaya's main research interest is pitch organization in music, particularly the issues of harmony and modes. Her work is based on the concepts that harmony is a system of accord with tones being linked to sound simultaneously and that the modal system is found in both traditional and classical music but is not identifiable with scale and tonality. She defines this theoretical basis for study in her published lectures on harmony (...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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