Russian and Soviet Film Music: A Tuneful Survey

April 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Drawing Room at The Mount
2 Plunkett St
Lenox, MA 01240
$20, including light refreshments
Close Encounters with Music

This is a program presented by Close Encounters with Music at The Mount.

In a lecture illustrated with film clips, Professor Timothy Sergay of SUNY Albany will present an overview of Russian and Soviet film music, focusing not only on the famous contributions of Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, but also on such lesser known masters as Georgi Sviridov, the Soviet adoption of the Hollywood musical genre in the 1930s, the cultural role of songs created for Soviet films, and the influence of Russian music on Hollywood film scores. The talk will conclude with a review of the conventions of Hollywood’s musical representation of Russia and the world beyond the Iron Curtain.

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Professor Timothy Sergay is a scholar and translator of Russian with multiple MA degrees in Russian language and literature—from the University of Michigan, Middlebury College Russian School, the Pushkin Institute of Russian Language in Moscow, and Yale University. His Yale doctoral dissertation was on the Christian sensibility of the Russian novelist Boris Pasternak.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Close Encounters with Music, who are organizing this event at The Mount, to discuss any accommodations needed.