INTRODUCTION: A week-long international music festival opened in Moscow on Tuesday (5 May), giving Russians the chance to hear works by twentieth-century composers rarely performed in public in the Soviet Union.
SV Guests arriving.
GV Guests look at posters in foyer.
SV Groups of guests chatting. (3 SHOTS)
SV Guests buying programmes and records.
SV & GV People in foyer.
GV Orchestra on stage.
GV & SV Audience. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A week-long international music festival opened in Moscow on Tuesday (5 May), giving Russians the chance to hear works by twentieth-century composers rarely performed in public in the Soviet Union. The festival was officially dedicated to what the Soviets called the service of humanism, peace and friendship among nations.
SYNOPSIS: An impressive array of guests attended the festival an opening night, among them 200 musicians and music critics from 28 countries.
Western journalists in Moscow saw the festival as a reply by Soviet cultural authorities to charges that music in the Soviet Union is stifled by an oppressive conservatism and political orthodoxy. It comes at a time when Soviet music has been shaken by a string of defections by conductors and performers among them Maxim Shostakovich and his son. Music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Maxim's father, is included in the festival although Mamim's defection has been an embarrassment for the organisers. A Soviet newspaper accused Maxim of living as a parasite on his father's name and dishonouring his father's memory by fleeing to the West to pick up money earned by the composer. The festival programme includes such prominent 20th century composers as Bartok, Villa-Lobos, Gershwin, Enescu, Orff, Stravinsky, Miaskovsky, Prokofiev and, as the organisers described them, others whose creative activity went down in the history of world culture.