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Dr Pauline Fairclough

Dr Pauline Fairclough

Dr Pauline Fairclough
BA, MA(N'cle), PhD(Manc)

Reader in Music

Area of research

Soviet music and culture

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Summary

Pauline Fairclough specialises in Soviet musical culture, and has published widely on Shostakovich and musical life under Stalinism. She is the author of two monographs: A Soviet Credo: Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony (Ashgate, 2006) and Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin (Yale, 2016) and editor of three volumes: The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich (with David Fanning, Cambridge University Press, 2008), Shostakovich Studies 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Twentieth Century Music and Politics: Essays in memory of Neil Edmunds (Ashgate, 2012).

In 2016, Pauline was elected a Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association, a position she will hold until 2021. She is General Editor of Routledge's Russian and East European Music series and is on the editorial board of Twentieth-Century Music and of the Moscow journal Iskusstvo muzïki. Teoriya i istoriya (The Art of Music. Theory and History).

Research grants obtained:

2005-6: University Research Fellowship

2006: British Academy Conference Grant (Shostakovich Centenary Conference)

2010: University Research Fellowship

2011: AHRC Early Career Research Fellowship (£65,000)

2011: Music and Letters Trust: £1500

2012: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant: £9000 for creation of the Derek C. Hulme archive

2013-14: British Academy Mid-Career Research Fellowship (£85,000)

 

Conferences organised:

'Russian and Soviet Music: Reappraisal and Rediscovery' with Patrick Zuk, Music Department, University of Durham, 11-14 July 2011. http://www.dur.ac.uk/music/russianmusicconference2011/

'Shostakovich 2006: International Centenary Conference' http://www.bris.ac.uk/arts/birtha/conferences/shostakovich

'1948 and all that: Music, Politics and Power in the Soviet Union' with Marina Frolova-Walker, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2009: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/962

'Twentieth-century Music and Politics', Department of Music, University of Bristol, 14-16 April 2010 http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/birtha/conferences/music_politics

Biography

I obtained my PhD from Manchester University in 2002, spent a year teaching at Keele University and came to Bristol in 2004. In 2006, together with Rosamund Bartlett, I founded the Russian and East European Music study group (REEM) which holds annual study days and panels in Britain and Europe. In 2008 Olga Digonskaya and I founded the IMS study group 'Shostakovich and his Epoch' which holds conferences and panels world-wide, especially in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Links to both groups can be found here

http://www.basees.org/study-group-for-russian-and-eastern-european-music-reem

http://ims-international.ch/

I was elected an Ordinary member of Council of the Royal Musical Association in 2012 and a Vice-President in 2016 (serving till 2021).

I am founding editor of the Routledge Russian and East European Music and Culture series, which can be viewed here:

https://www.routledge.com/music/series/REEMC

Teaching

I teach music history from the late Classical period to the present day, tonal analysis and twentieth-century Aesthetics. Since 2004 I have run the following units: The Music of Shostakovich; Soviet Music; Russian Opera from Glinka to Prokofiev; 20th-century Opera from Tosca to Turnage.

Keywords

  • Soviet Music
  • Socialist Realism
  • Cold War Cultural Exchanges
  • Soviet performance practice

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Department of Music

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