Organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee

19th-Century Russian music and art in the search for national identity

  • Royal Over-Seas League |
  • Talk |
  • Monday 1 December 2014 - 15:00 until 16:00

After the Crimean War, Russia - in isolation - turned its artistic and political attention inwards. From the 1850s onward, the arts pursued 'Russianness', defining it as much as investigating it. The liberation of the serfs directed artists' minds towards the countryside. Painters such as the ‘Wanderers’ replaced academic subjects with the countryside and its population. Composers, including Alexander Borodin, Mily Balakirev and Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky incorporated folk tunes and dances in their music. This lecture by Roderick Swanston will explore the interconnections between these developments, focusing on Russian musical and artistic nationalism in the late 19th century.

This talk is the last in our series of London Afternoon Talks - MUSIC IN ART, using both visual images and sound clips to look at Music in Art from the end of the 19th century to the early part of the 20th. As expressed by Kandinsky – ‘lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to “walk about” into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?’

This event has been organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

Royal Over-Seas League
Overseas House, Park Place London SW1A 1LR