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Voices of Revolution: Workers & The State

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Thursday 22 March 2018 at 19:30

After the horrors of the Russian Civil War, the 1920s was a period of recovery for the nascent Soviet Union, and of industrial growth, which is reflected by Alexander Mosolov in his famous ‘machine music’, The Iron Foundry.

Culturally, the Bolsheviks made use of composers for propaganda. Mosolov’s teacher, Reinhold Glière, composed the first Soviet ballet with a revolutionary theme – The Red Poppy, with its famous ‘Sailor’s Dance’, which is the culminating movement in this orchestral suite.

Prokofiev fled the turmoil of post-revolutionary Russia in 1918. His virtuoso Third Piano Concerto, composed soon after, is a kaleidoscope of colours and compositional invention, seemingly removed from the chaos at home. 

General booking opens 8 February 2017 9:30 am

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