Essay and Translation of “About the Music to the New Babylon” by Dmitry Shostakovich

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Joan Titus, Associate Professor of Musicology (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-75) published his first essay on film music during the Cultural Revolution, a time when all the arts in the Soviet Union were experiencing significant change. Film in particular was targeted because of its potential to carry propagandistic messages. Many film-related conferences were held, and among the most discussed topics was the new role of sound in the cinematic product.

Additional Information

The Routledge Film Music Sourcebook, edited by James Wierzbicki, Colin Roust, and Nathan Platte, 61–64. London: Routledge Press, 2012
Language: English
Date: 2011
film music, Dmitry Shostakovich, New Babylon

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