Richard Taruskin is a world renowned American musicologist, critic and music historian, Emeritus Professor at the University of California-Berkeley. He developed a particular interest on Russian and Soviet Music during his career, using together politics, music and history, to illustrate the ways in which a national identity can be shaped and represented. In his critical studies on this subject he proposes the understanding of the concept he entitles “the powerful myth of Russia’s national character” through music. A selection of his most important books includes titles such as: Defining Russia Musically: Historical and Hermeneutical Essays (Princeton University Press, 1997), The Oxford History of Western Music (6 vols., Oxford University Press, 2005, 2009; 2nd ed., 5 vols., 2010), On Russian Music (University of California Press, 2009), The Danger of Music: And Other Anti-Utopian Essays (University of California Press, 2009).
Richard Taruskin’s approach, both in terms of critical discourse and performance, is one of the most original of 21st-century musical thought.
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