Soviet Music: Socialist Realism 1932-41
THY Tuesdays 1015-1215 fortnightly from 14th Jan
Tutor: Terry Metheringham
We’ll be exploring Soviet music from 1932, when the artistic doctrine of Socialist Realism was introduced, to 1941 when the Nazi invasion changed the cultural focus. Most of this music has disappeared from our standard repertoire.
It reflects the Soviet programme to build a new society: phenomenal industrial development and massive cultural change with the objective of engineering a new Soviet patriotism.
In some of this music we will hear an aversion to modernism, a surprising return of Russian nationalism and a drift back to the musical style of the late nineteenth century.
Works to be heard include:
Myaskovsky: Symphony No 12 op 35 (extract)
Kabalevsky: Symphony No 1 op 19
Knipper: Symphony No 4 op 41
Lyatoshynsky: Symphony No 2 op 26
Popov: Symphony No 1 op 7 (extract)
Myaskovsky: Symphony No 18 op 42
Glière: Gyulsara, and Holiday at Fergana
Steinberg: Symphony no 4 (Turksib)
Prokofiev: Russian Overture op 72 and Alexander Nevsky op 78
Glière: Overture on Slavonic Themes
Prokofiev: Zdravitsa (A Toast): cantata op 85
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet op 57
Khachaturian: Piano Concerto