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Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music during the Thaw

Peter J Schmelz


Drawing upon oral history, analysis, and a critical synthesis of secondary literature, this book examines the construction and reception of the “unofficial” music in the Soviet Union produced during the Thaw (roughly 1956–74) by composers including Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Andrey Volkonsky, and Edison Denisov. This book addresses “unofficial” music in all of its contradictions, and argues for a more refined understanding of its changing meanings during the Thaw (and the cold war). The book traces two interrelated phenomena. The first is the developin ... More

Keywords: Andrey Volkonsky, Edison Denisov, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Valentin Silvestrov, Arvo Pärt, serialism, aleatory, cold war, oral history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195341935
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J Schmelz, author
Washington University in St. Louis