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« Reply #180 on: January 16, 2015, 07:23:57 pm »

Given that he was writing in the USSR's darkest decades (20s, 30s, 40s and early 50s), it's a wonder that he was able to write such light music.

Some would also see exactly the same scenario as being exactly the reason he wrote such light music Wink

Agreed. With quite a bit of the work from the 30s-50s, and especially works from the Soviet territories outside of Russia, the brisk writing style, emphases on unambiguous folk materials, unabashed virtuosity, etc.. was simply required if one wanted to maintain a music career. Soviet composers simply didn't have the Western luxury of being able to openly react to the mood of the times.
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