Repetition in a Cold Climate: Russian Minimalist Music as Identity and Discourse
Russian minimalist music is a national, culturally-bound and postmodern variant of American minimalist music that first emerged in the Soviet Union during the early Seventies. Its key exponents include Vladimir Martynov (b. 1946), Alexander Knaifel (b. 1943), Nikolai Korndorf (1947 – 2001), and Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky (b. 1945), to name the most prominent. Similar to early American minimalist music in both style and technique, Russian minimalist music differs primarily in its aesthetic in that its main aim is to function as discourse. While post-structuralism dictates that all music is problematic when functioning as discourse, this is especially true of Russian minimalist music, with its intended significations often being either not perceived or else misunderstood.
Within this seminar, Dr Wilson will examine Russian minimalist music as an identity and mode of discourse. She will also explore some of the difficulties involved in relation to music analysis, and suggest ways forward in coming to better understanding of this music within a semiologically-based context.
Dr Tara Wilson is a British musicologist, having completed a PhD on Russian minimalist music at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths, University of London in 2015. Her research specialisms include Russian and Post-Soviet music, minimalist music, as well as theory and analysis, notably in relation to post-structuralist methods and music semiotics. Having carried out post-doctoral research in Moscow, she is the author of several publications in the UK, Europe and Russia.
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