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Performing Pain: Music and Trauma in Eastern Europe

Maria Cizmic


Performing Pain seeks to explore music’s relationships to trauma and grief by focusing upon the late 20th century in Eastern Europe. The 1970s and 80s witnessed a cultural preoccupation with the meanings of historical suffering, particularly surrounding the Second World War and the Stalinist era. Journalists, historians, writers, artists, and filmmakers repeatedly explored themes related to pain and memory, truth and history, morality and spirituality both during glasnost and the years prior. Performing Pain considers how works by composers Alfred Schnittke, Galina Ustvolskaya, Ar ... More

Keywords: Alfred Schnittke, Galina Ustvolskaya, Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki, trauma, pain, grief, memory, postmodernism, glasnost

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Cizmic, author
University of South Florida