Music Since Stalin

Slonimsky, Nicolas
June 1956
New Republic;6/11/56, Vol. 134 Issue 24, p51
Discusses whether after the death of former Russian leader Joseph Stalin condition of Russian music has changed. Oppression of talented composers by untalented functionaries of Soviet music; Views that no liberation for music after Stalin's death and no musical absolutism before; Praise for talent of musician Sergey Prokofiev behind success of his Seventh Symphony; Position of music composer Dmitri Shostakovitch in the Soviet music; Criticism of Aram Khatchaturian for writing music for the élite rather than for the people; Measure of post-Stalinist freedom by the freedom of discussion of modern techniques.


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