The Kazan Section of the Imperial Russian Musical Society and its Role in the Development of the Musical Culture of the Volga-Kama Region

Elena V. Porfirieva


The author analyzes the significance of the Kazan Section of the Imperial Russian Musical Society (IRMS)
for the development of musical education and the musical life of the Volga-Kama region of the first decades of the
20th century. The question is set about the impact of the Kazan Section of the Society on the musical life of the
provincial cities and towns and the musical enlightenment of the indigenous peoples of the Mid-Volga Region. The
role of the significant musical public figure Rudolf Gummert in the organization of musical educational institutions
under the aegis of the IRMS is highlighted. Not only was he the coordinator of all the events taking place in the
concert life, musical education and enlightenment of Kazan, but he also aspired to the expansion of the boundaries
of the influence of the IRMS on the adjacent cultural space, which was revealed first of all on the creation of musical
educational institutions of the academic type. The examined material of archival documents demonstrates activities
of the educational institutions opened under the auspices of the Kazan Section of the IRMS – the Musical Classes in
Sarapul and the Gratuitous Church Choirmaster Class in Kazan – as well as the history of the founding of the Society’s
Sarapul Section. The cited data testify of the Kazan Section’s serious contribution to the development of musical life
in the region, and the formation of the basics of professional musical cultures of the Volga region’s national republics.

Keywords: The Kazan Section of the Imperial Russian Musical Society, musical education, the Sarapul Musical
Classes, the Gratuitous Church Choirmaster Class affiliated with the Kazan Section of the IRMS, Rudolf Gummert.

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