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Bachelor of Arts




Annemarie Sammartino
Leonard V. Smith

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Zeinab Abul-Magd
Pablo Mitchell
Rishad Choudhury


Music, Revolutionary divide, Continuity, Soviet music, Folk song, Folk music, Bolshevik, Music and politics, Late-Imperial Russia


Nadezhda Briusova (1881-1951) was a pianist, music theorist, teacher, government worker, conservatory administrator, and journalist, who was instrumental in shaping mass music education in Moscow before and after the October Revolution of 1917. She believed that music was made up of two fundamental elements of being – movement and feeling – and argued that because its language was so elemental to the human experience, music was for everyone. She dedicated her life to teaching her students how to listen to and talk about music.

In my thesis, I analyze how Briusova’s mass music education programs created continuity across the revolutionary divide. I identify who and what she taught in order to demonstrate the ways in which, even as she adapted to the demands of the new Soviet state, Briusova perpetuated late-Imperial attitudes toward the people, narod, and Russian musical heritage.

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