Nikolay Myaskovsky: The Conscience of Russian Music

Nikolay Myaskovsky: The Conscience of Russian Music

by Gregor Tassie

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Nikolay Myaskovsky: The Conscience of Russian Music by Gregor Tassie

Gregor Tassie describes Nikolay Myaskovsky as “one of the great enigmas of 20th-century Russian music.” Between the two world wars, the symphonies of Myaskovsky enjoyed great popularity and were performed by all major American and European orchestras; they were some of the most inspiring symphonic works of the last hundred years and prolonged the symphonic genre. But accusations of “formalism” at the 1948 USSR Composers Congress resulted in the purposeful neglect of his music until the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Myaskovsky wrote some of the most inspiring symphonic works of the last hundred years and prolonged and extended the symphonic genre. In Nikolay Myaskovsky: The Conscience of Russian Music, Tassie gives readers the first modern English-language biography of this Russian composer since his death in 1950. Tassie draws together information from the composer’s diaries and letters, as well as the memoirs of friends and colleagues—even his secret police files—to chronicle Myaskovsky’s early life, subsequent far-reaching influence as a composer, teacher, and journalist, and his final persecution by the Soviet government. This biography will surely rekindle interest in Myaskovsky’s remarkable body of work and will interest aficionados, students, and scholars of the modern classical music tradition and history of the arts in Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442231320
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/16/2014
Pages: 438
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Gregor Tassie writes regularly for Musical Opinion, Classical Record Collector, and Gramophone and has worked as a consultant for BBC Radio and in documentary film. He is the author of Yevgeny Mravinsky: The Noble Conductor (2005) and Kirill Kondrashin: His Life in Music (2010), both published by Scarecrow Press.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1: Childhood and Youth
Chapter 2: The St Petersburg Conservatoire
Chapter 3: A Free Artist
Chapter 4: War and Revolution
Chapter 5: The Road to Calvary
Chapter 6: The Red Guards
Chapter 7: The Musical Conscience of Moscow
Chapter 8: The Planes are Flying
Chapter 9: World Fame and the Patriotic War
Chapter 10: Cry of the Wanderer
Chapter 11: The Swan Song
Chapter 12: The Final Coda
Chronology
Bibliography
Discography
Catalog of Works by Nikolai Myaskovsky
Index

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