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HISTORIA CONTEMPORANEA
STALIN'S MUSIC PRIZE
STALIN'S MUSIC PRIZE. SOVIET CULTURE AND POLITICS
2015
352
RÚSTICA
978-0-300-20884-9
ENGLISH

sinopsis

This fascinating history of musical life in Stalin's Soviet Union focuses on the musicians and composers who received Stalin Prizes, awarded to artists whose work was thought to represent the best in Soviet Culture. Highly desirable, the awards not only brought large sums of money to individual winners, but also an implicit stamp of approval from Stalin himself. The annual award cycle led to successive, mutating hierarchies of artists and artworks, and served as a finely tuned instrument of praise and censure. It also revealed much about the kind of music (or painting, or literature) that the state chose to promote at different times and for varying reasons.

Marina Frovola-Walker sheds new light on the Communist leader's personal tastes as well as the lives and careers of those honoured with Stalin Prizes, including the famous multiple-recipients Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and many others across the field of Soviet music and from the far corners of the USSR. The author explores how the competing agendas of party, state and artistic elite clashed and compromised during the awards process, and addresses what was meant by the elusive concept of 'Socialist Realism'. Drawing on deep archival research and a rich array of transcripts barely explored before, this is the most comprehensive examination to date of the relationship between music and the Soviet state from 1940 through 1954.


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