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Professor Pauline Fairclough

Soviet music and culture

I am a cultural historian specialising in Soviet music and the music of Dmitri Shostakovich. My first book, A Soviet Credo: Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony (Ashgate, 2006) was an in-depth study of Shostakovich's symphonic masterpiece, which had to wait twenty five years for its premiere in the post-Stalin era. My second monograph, funded by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, was Classics for the Masses: Shaping Soviet Musical Identity Under Lenin and Stalin (Yale, 2016), which was co-winner of the BASEES Women's Forum Book Prize in 2018. I have edited 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).

My biography of Shostakovich, written for Reaktion Press's 'Critical Lives' series, will be published in 2019.

I am an elected Vice-President of the Royal Musical Association, co-editor of the CUP journal Twentieth-Century Music, General Editor of Routledge's Russian and East European Music series and I am on the editorial board of the Moscow journal Iskusstvo muzïki. Teoriya i istoriya (The Art of Music. Theory and History). Together with Olga Digonskaya of the Shostakovich Archive in Moscow, I run the 'Shostakovich and his Epoch' study group of the International Musicological Society and am a Directorium member of the Russian and East European Music Study Group of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies.

 

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

Research keywords

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