History of Music in Russia from Antiquity to 1800

History of Music in Russia from Antiquity to 1800 - Vol. 2

Nikolai Findeizen. Translation by Samuel William Pring. Edited and annotated by MiloŇ° Velimirovic and Claudia R. Jensen with the assistance of Malcolm Hamrick Brown and Daniel C. Waugh
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/16/2008
Format: cloth 640 pages, 41 b&w photos, 280 figures
7 x 10
ISBN: 978-0-253-34826-5
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In its scope and command of primary sources and its generosity of scholarly inquiry, Nikolai Findeizen's monumental work, published in 1928 and 1929 in Soviet Russia, places the origins and development of music in Russia within the context of Russia's cultural and social history.

Volume 2 of Findeizen’s landmark study surveys music in court life during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Catherine II, music in Russian domestic and public life in the second half of the 18th century, and the variety and vitality of Russian music at the end of the 18th century.
Published with the generous support of Joseph M. Bloch

Author Bio

Nikolai Findeizen (1868–1928) founded The Russian Musical Gazette in 1894 and was a member of the artistic council of the Soviet State Opera and State Ballet Theater.

Samuel William Pring (1866–1954), whose home was the Isle of Wight, was an accountant, an amateur clarinetist, and a translator of works about Russian music.

Milos Velimirovic is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Virginia.

Claudia R. Jensen has published articles on Russian music in
The Musical Quarterly and Journal of the American Musicological Society.


"Findeyzen's major work . . . remains the foundation-stone on which all later work on the history of Russian music before the 19th century has been built." —Gerald Abraham, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

". . . Meticulously indexed, it includes relevant musical scores as appendices and is wonderfully illustrated with everything from images of instruments to skomorokhi. There are copious tables of little known musical terms, samples of chastushki, synopses of operas, lists of published works and famous musicians and composers. . . If it took place in Russia from 1 AD to the end of the 1800s and had to do with music, you are likely to find something in here about it. An invaluable reference work." —Russian Life , July 2008

". . . truly the cornerstone for the study of Russian music before the nineteenth century . . . a refreshingly balanced presentation of both sacred and secular music traditions that is truly remarkable in its breadth of scholarship and detail. . . . Findeizen's
History deserves high praise and enthusiastic endorsement; it belongs on every post secondary-course reading list as the preeminent source for the study of Russia's musical heritage." —Gregory Myers, Port Moody, BC, Canada, RUSSIAN REVIEW , April 2009

"Copiously illustrated, comprehensive, and exhaustive . . . . a historical first.

. . . deserves high praise and enthusiastic endorsement . . . as the preeminent source for the study of Russia's musical heritage." —Gregory Myers, Port Moody, BC, Canada,
The Russian Review , Vol. 68.2 April 2009

"Findeizen's prose provides a fascinating narrative, and the translator, Samuel William Pring, has succeeded in conveying its original flavour. . . . I can attest that undertaking a translation and commentary that would meet present-day academic criteria must have seemed an almost impossible task. That is why I wish to emphasize that the completion of this project is one worth celebrating, and that the collective labour of those involved deserves the approbation of the wider musicological community." —Marina Ritzarev,
Eighteenth-Century Music , Vol. 6.2 2009

"Certainly, there is still much to be learnt about Russian music before Glinka, and even for those working on the music of the nineteenth, twentieth and now twenty-first centuries, Findeizen and his editors are models for us all." —
Slavonic & East European Review , Vol. 88, no. 4, October 2010

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Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction to Volume 1

Author's Preface
List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction. The Predecessors of the Slavs
2. Pagan Rus'
3. Kievan Rus'
4. Novgorod the Great
5. The Activities of the Skomorokhi in Russia
6. Music and Musical Instruments in Russian Miniatures, Woodcuts, and Glossaries
7. A Survey of Old Russian Folk Instruments
8. Music in Ancient Moscow (Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries)
9. Music in the Monastery. Chashi (Toasts). Bell Ringing. Sacred Performances (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)
10. Music in Court Life in the Seventeenth Century
11. A Brief Survey of Singers, Composers, and Music Theorists of the Sixteenth and Seventeeth Centuries
12. Music and Theater in the Age of Peter the Great

Music Appendix
Volume 1 Bibliography