"shostakovich" Fights the cold war: Reflections from great to small

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The image of "Shostakovich" and the relationships surrounding it in the West during the Cold War can be viewed from several angles. Selected Cold War encounters between the United States and the Soviet Union involving Shostakovichs music - especially the 1959 New York Philharmonic tour to the USSR - offer insight into three perspectives on Shostakovich symphonies in the Cold War: (1) the direct, (2) the implicit, and (3) the micro/intimate. This heuristic hones our understanding of the various types of relationships cultivated with music during the Cold War, while also widening the discussion of Shostakovichs symbolic presentation during the conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-140
Number of pages50
JournalJournal of Musicological Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music


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