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(JSOnline)   "No one has really managed to explain why the music written over the 200-or-so year history of Russian classical music sounds so absolutely Russian." Subby thinks it's because it's from Russia, but then he doesn't review opera for a living   ( jsonline.com) divider line
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2013-02-13 02:07:31 PM  
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Modality, chordal structure, harmonies. Centralized music scene (Moscow) with a conservatory system that insisted the top students studied with a handful of teachers. Largely Nationalistic approach. Lush strings, often in divisi by 6ths and octaves. Usage of winds as colors and thickening of textures. Long names for composers, like Rimsky-Korsakov and Turnyurhednkof.
2013-02-13 08:17:11 PM  
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Uh, pretty much any classical music from a country has a distinctively unique "sound", once you've got your classical ears tuned up.  Good scholars can differentiate German from Italian, Czech from Polish, Chinese from Korean, etc.  Even American classical (-style) music has it's own sound.  The only country that doesn't is Canada.  Their classical music just sounds like cheese and apologies.
2013-02-13 01:56:05 PM  
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Influence of Russian folk music?
2013-02-13 01:54:47 PM  
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Having seen musicals written with English lyrics performed in Russian, I'm going to guess "their language has a tonal structure that impacts Russian composers perceptions, tastes, and choices'.
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