Making New Music in Cold War Poland (Hardcover)

The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956-1968 (California Studies in 20th-Century Music #19)

By Lisa Jakelski

University of California Press, 9780520292543, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

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Making New Music in Cold War Poland presents a social analysis of new music dissemination at the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, one of the most important venues for East-West cultural contact during the Cold War. In this incisive study, Lisa Jakelski examines the festival’s institutional organization, negotiations among its various actors, and its reception in Poland, while also considering the festival’s worldwide ramifications, particularly the ways that it contributed to the cross-border movement of ideas, objects, and people (including composers, performers, official festival guests, and tourists). This book explores social interactions within institutional frameworks and how these interactions shaped the practices, values, and concepts associated with new music.

About the Author

Lisa Jakelski is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Praise For Making New Music in Cold War Poland: The Warsaw Autumn Festival, 1956-1968 (California Studies in 20th-Century Music #19)

"Lisa Jakelski’s Making New Music in Cold War Poland is an important contribution to international and transnational history... Logically organized and lucidly written." 

— H-Diplo

“Jakelski’s writing, based always on a detailed analysis of source materials, is both fully convincing and deeply engaging for the reader…. Her book can be highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of the Warsaw Autumn and in how the musical festival could be used as a means of cultural diplomacy in the Cold War world.”

— European History Quarterly

"[Jakelski's] book is an important item, a kind of double take 'from the outside'. Firstly from a non-Polish perspective, secondly from a non-ideological perspective. The conceptual shape of today’s Warsaw Autumn is most interesting when viewed in this light."

— The Polish Journal of the Arts and Culture