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Creative Union: The Professional Organization of Soviet Composers, 1939-1953

Kiril Tomoff


Why did the Stalin era, a period characterized by bureaucratic control and the reign of Socialist Realism in the arts, witness such an extraordinary upsurge of musical creativity and the prominence of musicians in the cultural elite? This is one of the questions that this book seeks to answer. The book shows how the Union of Soviet Composers established control over the music profession and negotiated the relationship between composers and the Communist Party leadership. Central to the book's argument is the institutional authority and prestige that the musical profession accrued and deployed ... More

Keywords: musical creativity, cultural elite, Union of Soviet Composers, Communist Party, composer, totalitarian control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780801444111
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801444111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kiril Tomoff, author
University of California, Riverside