Beethoven in Russia : music and politics /

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Indiana University Press,, Bloomington, Indiana, United States, p.xv, 326 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00815447, (OCoLC)fst01030414, Art appreciation., Aspect politique, fast, Music, Musique, Political aspects, Political aspects., Russia, Russie


Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-309) and index.Prelude. Music in the Tsar's Gulag -- Part I : Russia before 1917. Encountering Beethoven : Salon and concert hall ; Engaging Beethoven : Writer and critic ; Evaluating Beethoven : From Freude to Freiheit ; Embracing Beethoven : Concert hall and riverbank -- Part II : Russia after 1917. Beethoven as revolutionary : Red star rising ; Beethoven as icon : Cult and canon ; Beethoven as Beethoven : The end of ideology -- Postlude : Project Gulag 2010."Beethoven in Russia deftly explores the interface between music and politics in Russia by examining the reception of Beethoven's works from the late 18th century to the present. In part 1, Frederick W. Skinner's clear and sweeping review examines the role of Beethoven's more dramatic works in the revolutionary struggle that culminated in the Revolution of 1917. In part 2, Skinner reveals how this same power was again harnessed to promote Stalin's campaign of rapid industrialization. The appropriation of Beethoven and his music to serve the interests of the state remained the hallmark of Soviet Beethoven reception until the end of communist rule. With interdisciplinary appeal in the areas of history, music, literature, and political thought, Beethoven in Russia exposes how Beethoven's music served as a call to action for citizens and weaponized state propaganda in the great political struggles that shaped modern Russian history"--