The Centre for Russian Music (CRM) is an original and unique initiative in the West, the main purpose of which is to promote research, publication and performance. It offers a wide-ranging scope of interdisciplinary activities focused on cultural, social, political and musical problems of Russian modern history and based on its unique archival collections. The CRM works in close collaboration with the Serge Prokofiev Archive and the Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) archive which contains manuscripts, facsimiles of all scores (including unfinished ones), private papers, sketches, photos, films, tapes of Schnittke's own performances and talks, all published scores, books and articles on Schnittke, and all existing recordings of his music.
The CRM works under the supervision of an international board of advisors, including Krzystof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Part, James MacMillan, Oliver Knussen, Irina Schnittke, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Alexander Lazarev. The Centre attracts researchers and students from different countries and makes its unique materials available to any interested scholar.
The CRM offers:
Special collections of the Centre for Russian Music include:
- Malcolm Henbury Ballan's collection of Russian Piano Music (including many rare first editions) [MSWord file]; inquires and appointments: Jacqueline Cooke
- Malcolm Henbury Ballan's collection of orchestral and chamber scores [MSWord file]; inquires and appointments: Jacqueline Cooke
- Special collection of post-Soviet scores, recordings and document; inquires and appointments: email@example.com
- Nikolai Korndorf's archive [MSWord file] , inquires and appointments: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Giles Roche's collection of the scores, recordings and books [pdf]
- In November 2012 Gerard McBurney's collection of scores, books, recorded interviews, press clippings and concert programmes have been donated to the Centre for Russian Music. It is being catalogued and will soon be made available for the scholars.
The CRM also co-ordinates a variety of (including concerts, festivals, research programmes, conferences and seminars) dedicated to Russian music on a wide cultural and political background. Festivals and conferences have been running in collaboration with leading national orchestras (BBC SO, London Philharmonic, RSNO), recording companies (Chandos, BMG) and publishing houses (Boosey & Hawkes; Hans Sikorski, Germany; Kompozitor, Russia).
16- 17 March 2013, Great Hall, Main Building (22 Lewisham way, SE14 6 NW)
“Orthodoxy, Music, Politics and Art in Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe” is a two-day festival/conference, dedicated to the interaction between music, politics, the plastic arts and Orthodox Christianity from the beginning of the 20thcentury to the present. The event is organized by the Centre for Russian Music, the Department of History, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Department of Orthodox Theology, University of Eastern Finland
Great Hall, Goldsmiths, University of London
22 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW
“Orthodoxy, Music, Politics and Art in Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe” is a two-day conference organized by the Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, dedicated to the interaction between music, politics, the plastic arts and Orthodox Christianity from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.
The Conference sessions will be dedicated to the expression and suppression of religious faith in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries; the role of faith in artistic expression since the fall of institutionalized communism; the spiritual/the sacred in music; chant as an element of musical vocabulary; the revival of sacred choral music, and politics and faith.
The Conference will include concerts by the English Chamber Choir and the Goldsmiths Chamber Choir.
The publication of the Alfred Schnittke Collected Works is a joint project of the Compozitor Publishing House, St Petersburg, the Schnittke family Archive, and the Alfred Schnittke Archive at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths, University of London. [Find out more]
Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK
Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7919 7171
Goldsmiths has charitable status