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Lecture9/Seminar I

Week 10: Lecture 9: Music

  • Analyse (or sing☺) one patriotic song, national anthem of your choice.
  • What are national operas for?
  • What can we learn from studying Ivan Glinka’s “A Life for the Tsar”?

Essential Reading

Trochimczyk, Maja, ‘Sacred versus Secular: The Convoluted History of Polish Anthems’, in Trochimczyk (ed.), After Chopin. Essays in Polish Music (Los Angeles, 2000). [Abridged Version]

Taruskin, Richard, Defining Russia Musically (Princeton/Oxford, 1997), pp. 3-47 [= Chapter 1: ‘N.A. Lvov and the Folk’; Chapter 2: ‘M.I. Glinka and the State’].

Recommended Listening

http://www.usc.edu/dept/polish_music/repertoi/anthems.html

http://www.nationalanthems.info/

A Life for the Tsar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCc0uc3QoU4

Further Listening and Reading

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shche_ne_vmerla_Ukraina

Maes, Francis, A History of Russian Music: From Kamarinskaya to Babi Yar (Berkeley, 2002), pp. 93-131.

Eggers, Susan Beam, ‘Reinventing the Enemy: The Villains of Glinka’s Opera ‘Ivan Susanin’on the Soviet Stage’, in Brandenberger, David, and Platt, Kevin M.F. (eds), Epic Revisionism. Russian History and Literature as Stalinist Propaganda (Madison, Wisc., 2006), pp. 261-275.

Trochimczyk, Maja (ed.), After Chopin. Essays in Polish Music (Los Angeles, 2000).