Intersections and Transpositions: Russian Music, Literature, and Society

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This collection serves as an introduction to the great variety of approaches being used by Slavicists and historians to situate music and literature in the Russian cultural imagination.

Part I focuses on music in art. The nine essays in this section explore the complex interaction of literary and musical texts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Contributors discuss such writers as Pushkin, Chekhov, and Pasternak, and composers including Musorgsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Blok. Part II centers on music in life. Its five essays address music as a cultural form, as presented and enjoyed in the home, the theater, and the opera house. This book provides a unique window on The musical, literary, and social interactions that have been typical of modern Russian culture.

Contributing to this volume are Thomas P. Hodge, Caryl Emerson, Jennifer Fuller, Justin Weir, Alexander Burry, James Morgan, Andrew Baruch Wachtel, Tim Langen, Jesse Langen, Richard Stites, Ilya Vinitsky, Julie Buckler, Rosamund Bartlett, Boris Gasparov, Nicholas Glossop, and Amy Nelson.

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Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration
Pt. I Music in Art
Susanin, Two Glinkas, and Ryleev: History-Making in A Life for the Tsar 3
The Boris Plot on Stage: Karamzin, Pushkin, and Musorgsky as Historical Thinkers 20
Epic Melodies: An Examination of Folk Motifs in the Text and Music of Prince Igor 33
Sonata Form in Chekhov's "The Black Monk" 58
The Golden Cockerel between Realism and Modernism 73
Russian Expressionism at the Opera: Prokofiev's The Gambler 90
Interview with "The Nose": Shostakovich's Adaptation of Gogol 111
Music and Poetry: The Case of Shostakovich and Blok 138
Temporal Counterpoint as a Principle of Formation in Doctor Zhivago 165
Pt. II Music in Life
The Domestic Muse: Music at Home in the Twilight of Serfdom 187
Signora Melas, or An Italian Soprano in Russia 206
Her Final Debut: The Kadmina Legend in Russian Literature 225
Assigning Meaning to "Musical Speech": The Theories of Boleslav Iavorsky in the Cultural Revolution 253
On the Peculiarities of Soviet Rock and Roll 274
Notes on Contributors 299
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