Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Publication Date

Fall 12-9-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Jessica Sternfeld


When learning about early western classical music history, the first countries often discussed include England, Germany, France, and Italy beginning around the time of Gregorian chant. It is not until approximately the early Romantic Era that we begin to learn about Russian composers such as Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, or those of the “Mighty Handful” including most notably Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin. The emergence of Russian music into the western classical world is often taken for granted and seldom asked how or why it happened. In this study, I will compare the development of Russian music alongside the development of Western European music, primarily focusing on the differences of development in the church chants of both regions, the catalyst that sparked the exchange of music between Russia and the rest of Western Europe, and the lasting effects of Russian church music on notable Russian composers. Thus I propose an early, cohesive history of Russian music from its early development to its eventual breakthrough as a unique Russian style of Western music.


Presented at the Fall 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.

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