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582 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

37 b/w. 70 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

Nikolay Myaskovsky

A Composer and His Times

by Patrick Zuk

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Drawing on a wealth of unexplored sources, this biography offers the first comprehensive critical reappraisal of the life and works of Nikolay Myaskovsky. Zuk's account is far removed from Cold War clichés of the regimented Sovietartist or sentimental stereotypes of persecuted genius.
Drawing on a wealth of unexplored documentation, this biography reappraises the life and work of Nikolay Myaskovsky (1881-1950) - a central figure in twentieth-century Russian musical culture.

The story of Myaskovsky'sunlikely rise to prominence is an absorbing one. Destined by family tradition for a military career, he was 25 before he could leave the army and devote himself to music. He had just begun to emerge as a young composer of promisewhen he was called up for active service on Russia's western front in August 1914. On returning to civilian life in 1921, he played a major role in revitalising professional musical activity after the depredations of the Civil Waryears. His career vividly illustrates the challenges facing artists as they sought to work out a modus vivendi with Soviet power.

Zuk's account depicts the composer and his milieu against the backdrop of his turbulenttimes, examining his involvement with Soviet musical institutions and his relationships with Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and other notable musicians. The portrait is far removed from Cold War clichés of the regimented Soviet artist or sentimental stereotypes of persecuted genius. Myaskovsky emerges as a man who displayed remarkable courage and integrity in the face of many pressures. The book also brings into focus the distinctive nature of Myaskovsky's creative achievement and affirms his stature as a leading symphonist of the era.
Beginnings: 1881-1902
Apprenticeship: 1903-1911
Emergence: 1911-1914
War and Revolution: 1914-1917
Aftermath: 1918-1921
Expanding Horizons: 1921-1923
Cross-Currents: 1924-1926
'Sheer Overcoming': 1927-1931
Time of Troubles: 1932-1941
Endurance: 1941-1945
Final Years: 1946-1950
Appendix I: A Note on Recordings
Appendix II: List of Published Works
Bibliography

PATRICK ZUK is Professor of Music at Durham University.

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June 2021

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Title Details

582 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

37 b/w. 70 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press