By Pauline Fairclough

ISBN-10: 0754650162

ISBN-13: 9780754650164

Composed in 1935-36 and meant to be his creative 'credo', Shostakovich's "Fourth Symphony" used to be now not played publicly till 1961. right here, Dr Pauline Fairclough tackles head-on essentially the most major and least understood of Shostakovich's significant works. She argues that the "Fourth Symphony" was once substantially assorted from its Soviet contemporaries by way of its constitution, dramaturgy, tone or even language, and hence challenged the norms of Soviet symphonism at a vital degree of its improvement. With the backing of favourite musicologists comparable to Ivan Sollertinsky, the composer may possibly realistically have anticipated the most advantageous to have taken position, and should also have meant the symphony to be a version for a brand new type of 'democratic' Soviet symphonism. Fairclough meticulously examines the ranking to notify a dialogue of tonal and thematic methods, allusion, paraphrase and connection with musical varieties, or intonations. Such research is decided deeply within the context of Soviet musical tradition throughout the interval 1932-36, regarding Shostakovich's contemporaries Shabalin, Myaskovsky, Kabalevsky and Popov. a brand new approach to research can also be complicated right here, the place a number Soviet and Western analytical equipment are trained through the theoretical paintings of Shostakovich's contemporaries Viktor Shklovsky, Boris Tomashevsky, Mikhail Bakhtin and Ivan Sollertinsky, including Theodor Adorno's overdue examine of Mahler. during this approach, the ebook will considerably raise an figuring out of the symphony and its context.

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This level of sophistry was an inevitable by-product of Stalinist culture. Artists had to think big: large-scale Romantic genres reflected the grandiose pretensions of the Stalin administration. Though a prominent feature of the 1 930s was the wholesale abandonment of the proletarian cause, this could not be acknowledged, and so the rhetoric of collectivity remained potent. So Sollertinsky had to juggle demands for social relevance, technical sophistication and moral integrity. One assilmption running through all discussions of the Soviet symphony's future development, during both the proletarian period and afterwards , was that it should be able to rank alongside the greatest works of Romantic bourgeois culture.

However, see Andrey Artizov and Oleg Naumov, eds , Vlast' i khudozhestvennaya intelligentsiya 191 7-1953 gg. [The regime and the artistic intelligentsia 1 9 1 7- 1 953] , Moscow: 'Demokratiya' , 1 999 , 232-50 for details of secret NKVD reports to Stalin from the Writers ' Congress . While reports of foreign delegates note that Bukharin's speech provoked lively discussion (p . 235 ) , there was harsh criticism of Bukharin (and Gorky) from Soviet delegates as well as praise; see especially pp . 235-6 .

The Party Resolution of 23 April 1932, entitled ' On the Reconstruction [perestroyka] of Literary and Artistic Organizations' , effectively ended the power of the proletarian factions . Their demise preceded the end of the First Five-Year Plan by a year. But it was nevertheless part and parcel of the series of reforms that characterized the perestroyka years between 1 932 and 1936. Schwarz's contention that the Resolution ' signified the end of an era of flexibility and inaugurated one of regimentation' ,28 transforming Soviet art from a state of 'multiformity to 27 28 Sollertinskiy, Gustav Maler, 65-6 .

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