Modern Day Composers And The Soviet Era Essay

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Throughout history, music has repeatedly reflected specific events and emotions of people from that time period. Although music is intangible, it is possible to infer exactly how the composer felt while writing a specific piece of music. This is especially relevant with Russian composers in the 20th century. Due to their oppressed and depressing lifestyle, these composers wrote music reflecting their emotions, creating a connection with listeners who experience the same emotions. This is relevant today because the goal of composers is still to create an emotional connection with the audience. Modern day composers are greatly influenced and inspired by the intimate connection Russian composers created with the audience in the Soviet Era.
In 20th century Russia, new political and social systems were developing and transforming greatly. For the whole world, “the Soviet Union was a relatively new entity, having been born amid the Bolshevik Revolution that commenced in November 1917. (Stolberg). The Soviet Union symbolized a transformation for Russia as this was a new type of governing for the Russian citizens. The USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) was established on December 30, 1922. This was the start of something new for not only the Russians, but for the whole world. Unfortunately, the Russian citizens did not know that this era would bring tragedy and anxiety with the strict and cruel governing of Joseph Stalin.
Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from…

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