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On the Music Front. Socialist-Realist Discourse on Music in Poland, 1948 to 1955

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Slawomir Wieczorek

On the Music Front. Socialist-Realist Discourse on Music in Poland, 1948–1955 is a monograph on one of the key aspects of Poland’s musical culture during the Stalinist period. Among the many texts analysed in this book are addresses given by leading party officials, minutes of musical meetings and conferences, talks before informal ‘get-to-know-the-music’ concerts, and papers on aesthetics and music history. Detailed discussion is devoted to the musicological works of Zofia Lissa, to productions of Stanisław Moniuszko’s operas directed by Leon Schiller, to museum exhibitions on music history, and to the mega-production of the Polish Socialist-Realist film, Chopin’s Youth, directed by Aleksander Ford.

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