Sounds Beyond

Karnes Kevin C
"In Sounds Beyond, Kevin C. Karnes illuminates the unofficial and interconnected music and art scenes in the USSR during the second half of the 1970s through the work of Arvo Pèart, one of the most successful and widely known contemporary classical composers with a large international following. Karnes shows how Pèart's work of the 1970s took shape in dialogue with a community of alternative musicians and as part of a vital yet forgotten culture of collective experimentation Karnes calls the 1970s Soviet Underground. Using a combination of archival research and oral history, Karnes carefully situates modes of experimentation in the late socialist contexts out of which they emerged, and he also shows the degree to which experimental scenes in the East and West were in dialogue and shared several common goals. Karnes also unveils the deeply communal nature of experimental projects in music and the visual arts, from John Cage to Morton Feldman, and in dislodging the mythology of the solitary genius cultivated in the official biographies of Pèart and many others; as he writes, his work was impossible without community"--


Sounds Beyond charts the origins of Arvo Pärt's most famous music, which was created in dialogue with underground creative circles in the USSR.

In Sounds Beyond, Kevin C. Karnes studies the interconnected alternative music and art scenes in the USSR during the second half of the 1970s, revealing the audacious origins of some of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's most famous music. Karnes shows how Pärt's work was created within a vital yet forgotten culture of collective experimentation, the Soviet underground.

Mining archives and oral history from across the former USSR, Sounds Beyond carefully situates modes of creative experimentation within their late socialist contexts. In documenting Pärt's work, Karnes reveals the rich creative culture that thrived covertly in the USSR and the network of figures that made underground performances possible: students, audio engineers, sympathetic administrators, star performers, and aspiring DJs. Sounds Beyond advances a new understanding of Pärt's music as an expression of the aesthetic and religious commitments shared, nurtured, and celebrated by many in Soviet underground circles. At the same time, this story attests to the lasting power of Pärt's music. Dislodging the mythology of the solitary creative genius, Karnes shows that Pärt's work would be impossible without community.

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 022680190X
ISBN-13 9780226801902
GTIN-13 9780226801902
GTIN-14 09780226801902
Subtitle Arvo Pärt and the 1970s Soviet Underground
Author Karnes Kevin C
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 224
Publication Date Nov 18, 2021
Dimension 5.5 in 8.5 in 0 in