Polozova Irina

Music Baroque Culture in Russia. The General and the Specific

Polozova Irina (2016) "Music Baroque Culture in Russia. The General and the Specific ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2016, vol. 23, pp. 48-64 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201623.48-64


This article is focused upon the specific features of Russian Baroque in musical art. The study centres around the issue of the adaptation of the Baroque style norms in Russian music in the second half of the 17th century — the beginning of the 18th century. The article looks more closely at three elements that constitute key points as far as studying Russian Baroque is concerned. 1. The evolution of Russian culture sees a direct transition from the Middle Ages to the Baroque; therefore, on the one hand, some aesthetic ideals of the Middle Ages are preserved, but on the other hand, the absence of the Renaissance period contributes to the implementation of some separate aesthetical norms of this epoch in the Baroque — the fact that indicates the features of the Pre-rennaissance. 2. The stylistic pluralism of the epoch reflects the combination of the peculiarities of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque as such; the late 18th century sees the appearance of the stylistic features of Classicism. 3. The specifi city of genre palette of Russian Baroque is characterized by the reduction of that of the West-European music. As a result, Russian Baroque experiences the domination of choral genres — the fact that can be explained by its deep roots in Russian musical art; as a result, instrumental music remains on the periphery during the Baroque period.


the Baroque, Russian musical culture of the second half of the 17th century — the first half of the 18th century, stylistic features of the Baroque, specifi c features of Russian Baroque, system of genres


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Polozova Irina