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Sofia Gubaidulina : A Biography - Michael Kurtz

Sofia Gubaidulina

A Biography

By: Michael Kurtz (Editor), Malcolm Hamrick Brown (Editor), Christoph K. Lohmann (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2007
ISBN: 9780253349071
Number Of Pages: 360

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Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina (1931-- ) has achieved international acclaim for her unique musical oeuvre which draws on Eastern and Western musical traditions and reflects a deep-rooted belief in the mystical and religious qualities of music.

Kurtz's biography of Gubaidulina is the first in any language. Based on her papers and extensive interviews with Gubaidulina, her colleagues, and family, the book places her life and the evolution of her work within the broader cultural and political context of the post-Stalin Soviet Union. For the English edition, the text has been revised and updated and a chronology of Gubaidulina's life and a complete list of her works have been added.

With this thorough and well-researched biography of the eminent Russian composer Sophia Gubaidulina, author and scholar Michael Kurtz has made a landmark contribution to the growing body of literature on that emergent group of post-WWII composers. Vol. 54.2, Summer 2010 * Slavic and East European Journal *
. . . Taking a thoroughly biographical tack, Kurtz explains the origins of many of Gubaidulina's compositions . . . He . . . offer[s] accounts of Gubaidulina by colleagues and performers, and these are a rich source of new material on the composer. Including a handful of photographs, notes, a chronological summary, and a list of Gubaidulina's compositions, this book will be useful to those interested in musical culture and religious life in the Soviet Union. . . . Recommended.July 2008 * Choice *
Kurtz's biography gives a good, thorough account of Gubaidulina's life that is more immediately accessible and less vexing for general readers than for specialists. Yet specialists will find it necessary reading due to the many significant details uncovered thanks to Kurtz's interviews with Gubaidulina and her associates65.1 Sept. 2008 * Notes *
This is an extremely helpful publication for future researchers of Gubaidulina's music. It comes with a detailed chronology, and with a full list of the composer's works. Vol. 89.1, January 2011 * Slavonic and East European Review *
. . . a solid piece of work whose straightforward design and clarity of prose (even in translation) will benefit scholar and general reader alike.Vol. 68.2 April 2009 -- David Haas * University of Georgia *
. . . valuable as the first English-language guide to Gubaidulina. . . . Kurtz has expertly presented us with valuable material . . .Vol. 90.2 May 2009 -- IVANA MEDIC * University of Manchester *

Forewordp. ix
Preface to the American Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Ancestorsp. 1
Childhood and Youth, 1932-1949p. 9
At the Kazan Conservatory, 1949-1954p. 22
At the Moscow Conservatory, 1954-1959p. 36
Searching for Her Own Way, 1959-1965p. 48
A Late Artistic Birth, 1965-1970p. 67
Finding the Legato in the Staccato of Life, 1970-1975p. 93
Composing and Improvising, 1975-1979p. 119
Offertorium-A Musical Offering, 1979-1981p. 148
The Rhythm of Musical Form, 1981-1985p. 164
Travels, Travels, and More Travels, 1985-1991p. 186
Worldwide Fame, Worldwide Demand, 1991-1996p. 218
The Center of Life: St. John Passion and St. John Easter, 1996-2004p. 246
Chronology of Gubaidulina's Lifep. 267
List of Worksp. 275
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780253349071
ISBN-10: 0253349079
Series: Russian Music Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st October 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.69