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Author Skinner, Frederick W., author.

Title Beethoven in Russia : music and politics / Frederick W. Skinner
Published Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 326 pages) : illustrations
Contents 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
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 25, 2022)
Subject Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 -- Appreciation -- Russia -- History
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Music -- Political aspects -- Russia -- History
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Art appreciation
Music -- Political aspects
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2022011616
ISBN 9780253063069