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MUSIC OF ALL ERAS => Books about composers and music => Topic started by: dhibbard on August 04, 2017, 04:15:00 pm



Title: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: dhibbard on August 04, 2017, 04:15:00 pm
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300208847/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A3IHWHW38Z0N1B&psc=1

Marina Frolova-Walker’s fascinating history takes a new look at musical life in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The author focuses on the musicians and composers who received Stalin Prizes, awarded annually to artists whose work was thought to represent the best in Soviet culture. This revealing study sheds new light on the Communist leader’s personal tastes, the lives and careers of those honored, including multiple-recipients Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and the elusive artistic concept of “Socialist Realism,” offering the most comprehensive examination to date of the relationship between music and the Soviet state from 1940 through 1954.

Interesting read.... check it out at your local library.


Title: Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: Jolly Roger on August 05, 2017, 06:45:33 am
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300208847/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=A3IHWHW38Z0N1B&psc=1

Marina Frolova-Walker’s fascinating history takes a new look at musical life in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The author focuses on the musicians and composers who received Stalin Prizes, awarded annually to artists whose work was thought to represent the best in Soviet culture. This revealing study sheds new light on the Communist leader’s personal tastes, the lives and careers of those honored, including multiple-recipients Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and the elusive artistic concept of “Socialist Realism,” offering the most comprehensive examination to date of the relationship between music and the Soviet state from 1940 through 1954.

Interesting read.... check it out at your local library.

There were some fine works that received the Stalin Prize..in my thinking politiks might dilute the value of the music.ie..Wagner..


Title: Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: Hattoff on August 05, 2017, 07:28:03 am
I have the book. It sheds light on dark places and has a few surprises about beloved composers who were not such saints as the hagiographers would have us believe.


Title: Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: Jolly Roger on August 05, 2017, 07:37:44 am
I have the book. It sheds light on dark places and has a few surprises about beloved composers who were not such saints as the hagiographers would have us believe.
No one is a saint when the left rules..


Title: Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: Toby Esterhase on December 07, 2017, 12:49:12 am
https://books.google.it/books?id=eiolDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA9&lpg=PA9&dq=otar+taktakishvili+cd&source=bl&ots=jZSlqp8MqO&sig=tcyuBO97-IBwPG0DK6-2jYxzKoA&hl=it&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiko4b71fbXAhWN_aQKHW_8Dk04FBDoAQhLMAU#v=onepage&q=otar%20taktakishvili%20cd&f=false


Title: Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: Neil McGowan on December 07, 2017, 10:09:04 am
check it out at your local library.

Or wait until copies appear at the garbage tip. Citing Taruskin as a source is already a clue to this book's worthlessness.


Title: Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: christopher on December 07, 2017, 10:43:38 am
check it out at your local library.

Or wait until copies appear at the garbage tip. Citing Taruskin as a source is already a clue to this book's worthlessness.

Why's that?  (Genuine question - I haven't heard of Taruskin...)


Title: Re: Stalin's Music Prize: Soviet Culture and PoliticsMay 24, 2016
Post by: Neil McGowan on December 07, 2017, 11:36:54 am
Richard Taruskin is an American musicologist (since the 1980s) who has latterly dabbled with "public intellectual" status, writing about all manner of things in the 'intelligent" press.

Taruskin is a combative and litigious individual, who has frequently resorted to legal proceedings to silence his opponents and critics.

His much-vaunted claims of family origins in Russia have been used to 'justify' his writings on Russian music. His book on Stravinsky alleges the composer was a compulsive serial liar. He has made a (lucrative) career out of attacking everything that happened in Russian music from 1917 to the present day - primarily on an ideological basis. Despite his claims to have been a performer on the viola-da-gamba (no proof of this career exists) he has viciously attacked the 'Early Music' movement (include character assassinations aimed at individuals who seem to have crossed him) and attempted to debunk all of its principles - truly disgusting behaviour for a so-called "academic".

Cynics would say that he has ruthless milked anti-Russian sentiment in the USA to obtain teaching posts and top-paying publishing contracts - which reward him for his Russophobic views.