Lecture: Anna Nisnevich on Naturalizing Chaikovsky


October 26, 2012 - 4:00pm

Around 1940, Pyotr Ilyich Chaikovsky, a 19th-century Russian composer of  ostensibly non-proletarian social origins and lifestyle, became the musical and ethical symbol of the Soviet state in its Stalinist prime. Nisnevich will discuss her book in progress “How Chaikovsky Became Soviet,” which aims to  make sense of this incongruity, and will read from the chapter entitled “Naturalizing Chaikovsky.

Anna Nisnevich is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. She specializes in Russian musical theater at the turn of the 20th century, 19th and 20th-century music, opera, neoclassicism, and Mozart.

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