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Rimsky-Korsakov and His World$
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Marina Frolova-Walker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691182711

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691182711.001.0001

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St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Beginnings of Russian Musicology

St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Beginnings of Russian Musicology

(p.223) St. Petersburg Conservatory and the Beginnings of Russian Musicology
Rimsky-Korsakov and His World

Olga Panteleeva

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at St. Petersburg Conservatory and Soviet musicology. The St. Petersburg Conservatory bears Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's name not only on account of the composer's contribution to the Russian classical music canon, but because he is perceived as a progenitor of the institutionalized study of music in Russia—both practical and theoretical. It is true that Rimsky-Korsakov played a leading role in shaping the first syllabi of music-theoretical courses at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. However, the lineage that connects these courses to the present-day curricula is by no means as direct as it is sometimes painted. The chapter then argues that under Rimsky-Korsakov, music theory was seen as the handmaiden to composition, which hindered the institutionalization of historical musicology.

Keywords:   St. Petersburg Conservatory, Soviet musicology, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian classical music, music theory, historical musicology, Russian musicology

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