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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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The Geography of Culture

The Geography of Culture

The Expansion of Musical Life in the Provinces

(p.175) Chapter 5 The Geography of Culture
Harmony and Discord

Lynn M. Sargeant (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the Russian Musical Society in fostering the expansion of musical institutions into the provinces. The expansion of musical life is tied to broader processes of socioeconomic development and rapid urbanization in the Russian Empire after the Great Reforms. The enthusiasm for the piano and piano instruction was as strong in the provinces as it was in the capitals, a fact that was both resented and exploited by the Russian Musical Society's provincial leadership. The chapter also examines the importance attached to the symphony orchestra, the perception of a shortage of orchestral musicians, and consequent efforts by provincial branches to develop strong orchestral training programs. A wise variety of archival sources are used to outline the educational and concert activities of a significant number of the Society's provincial branches, including those in Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov, Saratov, Poltava, Tiflis, Kazan, Tomsk, and Ivanovo‐Vosnesensk.

Keywords:   provinces, Russian Empire, Kiev, Odessa, Kharkov, Saratov, Poltava, Tiflis, Kazan, Tomsk, Ivanovo‐Vosnesensk

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