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Elena A. Savitskaya

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Elena A. Savitskaya — PhD of Arts, Senior Researcher, State Institute for Art Studies, Kozitsky lane 5, 125009 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: helen@inrock.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 52


pp. 261–275


July 17, 2018

Date of publication

June 28, 2019

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The article highlights various aspects of interaction of domestic rock music with academic musical culture. Despite the declared distance of rock from the musical “classics”, simplicity of means and the main role of poetic forms of expression in domestic rock tradition, interaction with classical music could be expressed both in a general enrichment of the artistic thesaurus of rock and in the form of stylizations, quotations, arrangements classical works by rock musicians. Such an interaction, although not so frequent, but very significant, developed in the domestic rock of the 1970s–1980s in two ways: through direct communication with the “classics” (in the process of musical education, musical leisure) and through well-known samples of foreign rock addressing the “classic” (the arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” by British band “ELP”, Bach’s themes in “Procol Harum” works etc.). The author examines examples of such interaction in the works of the Russian bands “Sonans”, “Autograph”, “Merry Guys” etc., revealing the criteria of the “depth” of the interpreter's penetration into original music material. A special attention is paid to the work of Russian and Soviet composers, which is often considered by domestic rockers in the context of the modern era.


rock music, Russian rock, domestic rock, classical music, quotation, arrangement, stylization, arrangement, style dialogue.


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