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Sonic Overload: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, and Polystylism in the Late USSR

Peter J. Schmelz

Abstract

Sonic Overload presents a musically centered cultural history of the late Soviet Union. It focuses on polystylism in music as a response to the information overload swamping listeners in the Soviet Union during its final decades. The central themes are collage, popular music, kitsch, and eschatology. The book traces the ways in which leading composers Alfred Schnittke and Valentin Silvestrov initially embraced and assimilated popular sources before ultimately rejecting them. Polystylism first responded to the utopian impulses of Soviet doctrine with utopian impulses to encompass all musical st ... More

Keywords: Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, polystylism, collage, identity, popular music, kitsch, eschatology, late style, information overload

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197541258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197541258.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Schmelz, author
Professor of Musicology, Arizona State University