The Formation of Soviet Cultural Theory of Music (1917-1948)

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This article explores the continuities and discontinuities of pre-Revolutionary intellectual traditions in 1920s Soviet culture and the Stalin-era cultural revolution. Through examination of the pre-revolutionary philosophical legacy underpinning Soviet musicological theory, I demonstrate that there are decisive features, such as Soviet Prometheanism, that characterize the musicology of the 1920s that both underline and differ from the pre-revolutionary philosophy of music and the musicology of the 1930s. I offer the basic outlines of a Soviet cultural theory of music formulated by Russian music critic, historian, composer and musicologist Boris Asafiev (1884–1949) in the 1920s. Explaining and describing what I mean by a particular cultural theory of music in the Soviet context forms the core issue of my article.
Translated title of the contributionNeuvostoliittolaisen musiikin kulttuuriteorian muotoutuminen (1917-1948)
Original languageEnglish
JournalStudies in East European Thought
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)135-159
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • 611 Philosophy
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • 615 History and Archaeology

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