Pyotr Il’yich Chaikovsky

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Pyotr Il’yich Chaikovsky  (1840-1893)
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Debate over Chaikovsky’s  Death The position of Russian music in music  historiography  (and other binaries:  feminine vs. masculine; folk vs. art music;  emotional vs. rational) Orientalism and exoticism in European art  music. 
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“Where are you, little star?” Seeming simplicity; clarity of lines Sadness; wistfulness Strophic Modal Quasi improvisatory feel in parts Different sides to exoticism
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The Might Five (Musorgsky, Rimsky- Korsakov, Borodin, Balakirev, Cui) Much of Chaikovsky’s music not necessarily  heard by westerners as “other;” attempt to  hear/find “Russianness” in his music  What is Russianness? Why might some  scholars want to find Russianness in  Russian music?  How does this compare to, for example,  Beethoven becoming a symbol of German  cultural accomplishment/superiority by the  early 20 th  century?
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Some works quote Russian folk tunes For Jackson, homosexually stigmatized  relationship is substituted for the racially  stigmatized relationship (of European  opera).
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How would you do historical  research? Disagreement over aristocratic values and  practices in late 19 th -century Russia.   Taruskin: “virtually unprosecuted crime for  anyone possessing rank, respectability or  money.”  Jackson: “We must be prepared to 
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This note was uploaded on 06/24/2010 for the course MUSIC 128 taught by Professor Bithell,d during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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