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Dr Pauline Fairclough

Soviet music and culture

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 the prizewinning Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin (Yale, 2016), which won the BASEES Women's Forum Book Prize in 2018. She is 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).

During her 2018-19 University research Fellowship, Pauline is writing a biography of Shostakovich commissioned by Reaktion Press for their 'Critical Lives' series.

In 2016, Pauline was elected a Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association, a position she will hold until 2021. She is co-editor of the journal Twentieth-Century Music, General Editor of Routledge's Russian and East European Music series and is on the editorial board 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)

2018-19: University Research Fellowship


Conferences organised:

'Russian and Soviet Music: Reappraisal and Rediscovery' with Patrick Zuk, Music Department, University of Durham, 11-14 July 2011.

'Shostakovich 2006: International Centenary Conference'

'1948 and all that: Music, Politics and Power in the Soviet Union' with Marina Frolova-Walker, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 2009:

'Twentieth-century Music and Politics', Department of Music, University of Bristol, 14-16 April 2010

Research keywords

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