Soviet Music in the Era of Perestroika

  • Christopher Rice
Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)


At the highest level, Soviet musical life is overseen by the USSR Ministry of Culture and by the culture and propaganda department of the Central Committee of the CPSU. (Both the then Minister of Culture, P. N. Demichev, and the Central Committee secretary responsible for propaganda, A. N. Iakovlev, attended the Soviet composers’ congress in 1986.)


Musical Training Classical Music Concert Hall Rock Music Ballroom Dancing 
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  1. 1.
    For background on Soviet music see the following: A. Olkhovsky, Music Under the Soviets — The Agony of an Art (New York: 1955).Google Scholar
  2. Boris Schwarz, Musical and Musical Life in Soviet Russia, Enlarged edition, 1917–81 (Bloomington, Indiana: 1983).Google Scholar
  3. On jazz, see S. Frederick Starr, Red and Hot — The Fate of Jazz in the Soviet Union (New York: 1983).Google Scholar
  4. On pop music, Artemy Troitsky, Back in the USSR. The True Story of Rock in Russia (London: 1987).Google Scholar
  5. 19.
    Background information has been drawn from G. Vishnevskaya, Galina. A Russian Story (London: 1985).Google Scholar
  6. 26.
    The information on Pauls appeared in Martin Walker’s book The Waking Giant. The Soviet Union Under Gorbachev, Revised edition (London: 1987), p. 170.Google Scholar

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