Music, Metaphysics, and the Twilight of the Russian Empire
ISBN10: 0300208898 ISBN13: 9780300208894 Publisher: Yale Univ Pr Published: Jan 5 2016 Pages: 321 Weight: 1.40lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.50" Depth: 1.25" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English
A prevailing belief among Russia’s cultural elite in the early twentieth century was that the music of composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Aleksandr Scriabin, and Nikolai Medtner could forge a shared identity for the Russian people across social and economic divides. In this illuminating study of competing artistic and ideological visions at the close of Russia’s “Silver Age,” author Rebecca Mitchell interweaves cultural history, music, and philosophy to explore how “Nietzsche’s orphans” strove to find in music a means to overcome the disunity of modern life in the final tumultuous years before World War I and the Communist Revolution.