The Role of the Imperial Russian Musical Society in the Formation of the Musical Infrastructure of Rostov-on-Don

Alexandra V. Krylova


The author analyzes the role of the Imperial Russian Musical Society in the formation of the infrastructure of a
provincial Russian city. The premises for the creation of its Rostov Section are examined. On the material of archival
documents presentation is given on the contribution of the Society to the process of education: from the foundation of
musical classes to the establishment of the conservatory. An overview of the concert activities is given, the statistics
of chamber music and orchestral concerts is presented, emphasis is given to the significance of opera productions
and the representational activities directed towards promotion of Russian music. The Rostov Section of the Imperial
Russian Musical Society carried out the role of a center for concert production, along with organizing concerts for
Rostov musicians, and worked actively with touring solo musicians and music ensembles and orchestras. As a result
of the development of demand for musical instruments, books on music and musical scores on the part of professional
musicians as well as amateurs, the end of the 19th century witnesses an impetuous surge of development book and
score publishing, sales and production of musical instruments. The information and facts show that as the result of the
activities of the Rostov Section of the Imperial Russian Musical Society the foundations of musical industry covering
all the sides of the musical life of the city dwellers are gradually laid in Rostov.

Keywords: The Rostov Branch of the Imperial Russian Musical Society, organization of tours, concert activities,
musical education.

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