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Stravinsky and Khrennikov: An Unlikely Alliance.

Ivashkin, Alexander V.. 2013. Stravinsky and Khrennikov: An Unlikely Alliance. Mittelungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, 26, April 2013, 12- 16(26), pp. 12-16. ISSN 1015-0536 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Stravinsky’s visit to Russia in 1962 helped to dramatically change the situation for new music in the USSR. Paradoxically, Khrennikov, Iarustovskii, Kabalevskii, and other reactionaries in the Soviet Composers’ Union used Stravinsky’s visit to draw a veil over their own previous activities and to give themselves an underserved “aura.” Khrennikov, who strongly criticized Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky, and who made life almost impossible for both Prokofiev and Shostakovich in the 1940s and 1950s, later claimed to love their music and made untrue statements about his friendship with all of them. Clearly, Stravinsky understood the situation well, and treated each of Khrennikov’s advances with due caution. His reaction provides a salutary example for researchers today, especially those intent on rewriting history through excessively literal interpretations of archival materials without proper consideration of their context.

Item Type:

Article

Additional Information:

This article is based on the author's work at Paul Sacher Stiftung Stravinsky Collection in Basel, Switzerland

Keywords:

Stravinsky, Khrennikov, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Khrushchev, Russia

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music
Music > Centre for Russian Music

Dates:

DateEvent
April 2013Published

Item ID:

7832

Date Deposited:

06 Apr 2013 15:25

Last Modified:

10 Jul 2018 08:02

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/7832

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