Verbal commentaries by Bulgarian composers on the canons of Socialist Realism and the avant-garde Cover Image
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Словесният коментар на българските композитори спрямо канона на соцреализма и авангардния канон
Verbal commentaries by Bulgarian composers on the canons of Socialist Realism and the avant-garde

Author(s): Angelina Petrova
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Modern Age
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This paper sketches out the clashes between the canon of Socialist Realism on the one hand and the avant-garde canon in the Western European New Music on the other. Both the establishing of both canons andThis paper sketches out the clashes between the canon of Socialist Realism on the one hand and the avant-garde canon in the Western European New Music on the other. Both the establishing of both canons and the processes of their destruction are considered in the light of the analysis of the positions and poetics of major figures in Bulgaria’s New Music such as Konstantin Iliev, Lazar Nikolov, Vassil Kazandjiev, Ivan Spassov, Bojidar Spassov, Wladimir Pantschev, as placed in the specific conditions of isolation and political dictation. The commentaries of Bulgarian composers Lazar Nikolov, Konstantin Iliev, etc., had not the faintest chance to break through the Iron Curtain. Still, they corresponded to the avant-garde canon. After 1956, the destruction of the canon of Socialist Realism began, a process that gained momentum in the 1960s. The interpretation of folklore in the 1960s as part already of the postavantgarde paradigm, a national indicator of identification was searched within the pluralistic culture of the New Music. In the 1980s and the 1990s, both canons lost their distinctiveness. The compositional views of Bojidar Spassov and Wladimir Pantschev of the tern of the twenty-first century incorporated intercultural concepts of authors of Bulgarian extraction that have come to fruition in Austria and Germany.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 59-69
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian