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Making New Music in Cold War Poland: The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956-1968

Lisa Jakelski


This book presents a social analysis of new music dissemination at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, one of the first and most important venues for East-West cultural contact during the Cold War. The festival’s stylistically diverse programs ranged from Soviet-sponsored socialist realism to the modernism of the Western avant-garde. It also facilitated encounters between people (performers, composers, critics, arts administrators, government functionaries, and general audiences) from both sides of the Cold War. Drawing on Howard Becker’s model of the art world, and ... More

Keywords: new music, contemporary music, socialist realism, modernism, avant-garde, music festivals, art world, cultural mobility, Cold War, Poland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520292543
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520292543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Jakelski, author
University of Rochester