This lecture will investigate the genesis of the Socialist Realism doctrine, which was imposed in 1934.
The 'proletarian music' trend of the 1920s had offered some solutions to the task of creating 'music for the people', but because it had alienated the most accomplished professional musicians it was now abandoned. A new art music was called for, with potential mass appeal through the use of folk materials and the rejection of modernism.
A lecture by Marina Frolova-Walker
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