Beyond the Sneer: Revisiting Musical Socialist Realism

In: Transcultural Studies

The author engages with how communism and socialist realism have been re-presented in post-communist Europe. Communist cultural artefacts are displayed in museums and theme parks on a continuum from dangerous relics to benign kitsch. He argues for neutrality when dealing with musical socialist realism and demonstrates some of the pitfalls in taking that position through examples of Romanian art music from the mid-20th century.

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