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Shostakovich, the Waldorf Conference and the Cold War

Deery, Phillip (2012) Shostakovich, the Waldorf Conference and the Cold War. American Communist History, 11 (2). pp. 161-180. ISSN 1474-3892 (print) 1474-3906 (online)

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to examine Shostakovich’s trip to the United States in 1949: why he went, why he experienced such extreme discomfort— ‘‘I still recall with horror my first trip to the USA’’ —and what it suggests about the paradoxical position of the creative artist from a Communist country during the early Cold War. Using Shostakovich as its primary focus, this article will reveal the contradictions between his officially sanctioned role and his private doubts and misgivings. Because the first subsumed the second, the costs were considerable: his creative work diminished and his self-respect suffered. This public/personal disjuncture was most acute from February 1948, associated with the ideological assault on his music led by Soviet functionary Andrei Zhdanov, until the death of Stalin in March 1953. In March 1949 it reached its apotheosis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25982, Dmitri Shostakovich, USA, United States of America, USSR, Soviet Union, Cold War, communism, classical composers, communists, The Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace, Waldorf conference, Russians, 1949, Joseph Stalin
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Arts
Depositing User: Ms Phung.T Tran
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2014 23:24
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2014 02:23
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22758
DOI: 10.1080/14743892.2012.705982
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