Music in the USSR

Nabokov, Nicolas
March 1941
New Republic;3/31/41, Vol. 104 Issue 13, p436
Focuses on the musical situation in the Soviet Union and the U.S. Impact of music on cultural life of the U.S.; Claims that the economic position of the composer is much better in the Soviet Union than in the U.S.; Estimation of achievement in a society which has limited financial resources; Report on Formalism in literature, the fine arts and music; Comments on the opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk"; Claims that the composers in Soviet Union are establishing a progressive style for a new and truly popular art; Reliance of music on folklore; Lack of any consistent polyphonic technique in music; Comments on the work of various composers.


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