By Lynn M. Sargeant
Author Lynn M. Sargeant explores the fluid nature of Russian social id in the course of the huge scope of musical existence, together with not just the "leading lighting" of the period but in addition rank-and-file musicians, academics, and scholars. even if Russian musicians longed for a safe position in the new hierarchy of professions, their social prestige remained ambiguous during the 19th century. conventional reliance on serf musicians and foreigners left lasting scars that inspired musicians' efforts to procure felony rights and social respectability. And women's expanding visibility within the musical international provoked acrimonious debates that have been, at center, efforts by means of male musicians to reinforce their claims to specialist prestige by way of denying the legitimacy of girl participation. Sargeant demonstrates that the profitable improvement of a Russian musical infrastructure salved continual anxieties approximately Russia's position vis-à-vis its ecu cultural rivals. Remarkably, the associations constructed via the Russian Musical Society survived the upheavals of warfare and revolution to develop into the root for the Soviet musical system.
A wealth of ancient documentation makes Harmony and Discord required interpreting for musicologists, sociologists and historians drawn to this era, and the abundance of a laugh anecdotes and the author's lucid and full of life literary kind make it an stress-free historical past for all readers.
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