Week 11

Mon., November 2

Marina Frolova-Walker, “‘National in Form, Socialist in Content’: Musical Nation-Building in the Soviet Republics,” Journal of the American Musicological Society 51:2 (Summer 1998), 331-371

Soviet National Minority Music Playlist

1. “Dance of the Kurds and Sabre Dance” from the ballet Gayane by Aram Khachaturian (Armenia)

2. A traditional song played on the qobyz (Kazakhstan)

3. “Spanish Fantasia” for kobyz and piano by Igor Frolov (Kazakhstan)

4. A traditional mugam performed on folk instruments with singer (Azerbaijan)

5. Sur (Symphonic Mugam by Fikret Amirov (Azerbaijan)

Consider, in particular, the comparison between tracks 2 and 3, and tracks 4 and 5. How do these groupings demonstrate the “development” of the musics of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan?