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The impact of Russian music in England 1893-1929

Thomas, Gareth James (2005)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This thesis is an investigation into the reception of Russian music in England for the period 1893-1929 and the influence it had on English composers. Part I deals with the critical reception of Russian music in England in the cultural and political context of the period from the year of Tchaikovsky’s last successful visit to London in 1893 to the last season of Diaghilev’s Ballet russes in 1929. The broad theme examines how Russian music presented a challenge to the accepted aesthetic norms of the day and how this, combined with the contextual perceptions of Russia and Russian people, problematized the reception of Russian music, the result of which still informs some of our attitudes towards Russian composers today. Part II examines the influence that Russian music had on British composers of the period, specifically Stanford, Bantock, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Frank Bridge, Bax, Bliss and Walton. A combination of comparative examples and critical discussion of the music is used to illustrates how Russian music influenced these composers and, as a result, demonstrate the key role Russian music played in helping them to find their compositional voice.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Banfield, Stephen (1951-)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Humanities
Department:Deparment of Music
Subjects:ML Literature of music
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:260
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