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Music, War and Revolution - Silenced: Composers in revolutionary Russia

  • Musik in Zeiten von Krieg und Revolution - Verstummte Klänge - Komponisten im revolutionären Russland (German title)
  • Music, War and Revolution- Teil 2 (Working title)
Documentary (Series) | 2016 | Germany

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Length of movie55 min.


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Brief synopsis

This documentary is dedicated to Russian composers of the late teens and early ’20s of the last century. The former “young wild ones,” composers such as Arthur Lourié, Nikolai Roslawets, Alexander Mosolov as well as Vladimir Deshevov and Lev Termen remain to this day relatively and unjustly unknown and their lives have remained largely unexplored. However, this generation injected life into the musical world of that time, greatly leaving their mark. The young composers were adventuresome; they flirted with futurism, wrote the first twelve-tone chord of musical history, invented the first electronic musical instrument and created sounds previously unheard.

Rediscovering these composers who were banned, partly forgotten and erased from the musical landscape – as well as providing room for their absolutely enchanting music that is unjustly only rarely heard – gives this documentary its purpose. By tracing their personal and artistic vitae, the political and cultural climate and the reality of life in Russia in the early 20th century, the documentary aims to bring these composers to life once again and to reveal the links between art, society and politics. In addition, musicologists, composers, musicians and descendants illuminate the composers’ fates from their perspective and establish both cultural references as well as the historical and political context.

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Camera Departmentdirector of photography Stephan Boergerzusätzliche Drehs
Camera Departmentdirector of photography Thomas Frischhut
Camera Department1st assistant camera Ulf WogensteinFS7 // EF Zooms & Primes
Director's DepartmentdirectorAnne-Kathrin Peitz
EditingeditorSteffen Herrmann
Sound Departmentproduction sound mixer Christoph Wonneberger
Sound Departmentproduction sound mixer Eduard Jan

Production companies

 Accentus Music GmbH
Arte [de/fr]Senderbeteiligung
WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk [de]Koproduktion


Department CompanyComment
ProductionProduction Services Osteuropa MedienService-Produktion


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TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingGermanyarteMonday, 10.09.2018