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Harmony and DiscordMusic and the Transformation of Russian Cultural Life$
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Lynn M. Sargeant

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735266.001.0001

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A Far From Silent World

A Far From Silent World

Russian Musical Life before the Great Reforms

(p.15) Chapter 1 A Far From Silent World
Harmony and Discord

Lynn M. Sargeant (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the periodical press to introduce readers to the musical world of Russia before the Great Reforms. It examines musicians not as a social group but as an amalgam of Russian society whose disparate and distinct parts—amateurs, artists, serfs, foreigners, and students—were all essential to the proper functioning of musical life. In addition, it explores the sites of musical life, including not only concerts, salons, and musical societies, but also the particularities of musical life in the capitals and the provinces. Finally, music criticism is evaluated in an attempt to understand the intellectual imperatives that both encouraged the establishment of the Russian Musical Society and made its activities so controversial.

Keywords:   musicians, amateurs, serfs, concerts, Salons, musical societies, provinces

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