Modern Russian Composers

Modern Russian Composers

Modern Russian Composers

Modern Russian Composers

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The present book is intended for the foreign reader. This has forced certain characteristics upon its structure, style and exposition. The author could not treat certain phenomena with as much detail as might be possible in a book for Russian readers who are thoroughly familiar with all the peculiarities of the Russian musical world and Russian life in general which differ so markedly from the Western European world.

On the other hand, the author deemed himself obliged to explain a series of phenomena and facts more minutely than would be necessary in the interests of a Russian reader. Many events of Russian musical life are bound up with other events of Russian life, and are either by themselves unknown to the foreigner or bound up with facts unknown to him.

Russian musical history is generally a terra incognita to the Western reader, frequently he possesses wrong notions about it, and the chain of influences under which Russian creative music has been developing often appears to the foreign reader in an improper, perverse or distorted light. Special attention had to be paid to all this, in order that the picture of the unusual life of contemporary Russia and the style of contemporary Russian composers might be made clear, explained and justified.

Russian music of the present day is inter-bound with the Russian music of past epochs. It is also connected with a series of phenomena of the music of the world. These connections are profoundly interesting and important in order to grasp the cultural significance of the Russian branch of the world's music, the branch which somehow has grown . . .

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