Russian Composers Abroad
How They Left, Stayed, Returned
Published by: Indiana University Press
As waves of composers migrated from Russia at the end of the 20th century, they represented their native country while also grappling with the complex struggle between their own traditions and those of their adopted homes.
Russian Composers Abroad explores the self-identity of these émigrés, especially those who left between the 1970s and the collapse of the USSR, and how aspects of their diasporic identities played out in their music. Difficult decisions about belonging shaped their careers and the personal freedoms feeding their creativity. In most cases, their music does not actually reveal their nationality. In Russian Composers Abroad, Elena Dubinets challenges essentialist understandings of Russian music as congruent with so-called Russianness in music.
As a Russian émigré herself, Dubinets soberly scrutinizes how, given the multitude of influences inevitably affecting these composers' creative expressions, critics and listeners are wrong to identify them as simply "Russian."
Note on Transliteration
Part I: National versus Global
1. The "Universal": Globalizing the Local
2. The National: Super-Icons
3. National Identification versus Cultural Affiliation: Non-Russian Composers
4. Cultural Affiliation versus Citizenship: Russian Diaspora
Part II: How to: Perspectives of Music Creation
5. The "Social" Perspective
6. The "Production" Perspective
Part III: How they left
7. A Brief History of Russian Diaspora Through Music
8. "Kolbasa Emigration": a New Cultural Mythology?
Part IV: How they stayed
9. The Trauma of Migration
10. The Many Professions
11. Supporters and Connectors
Part V: How they returned
12. Homecoming and Reception at Home
13. Russia under Putin: to stay or to go?