Musicology Grad Student Wins Fulbright to Russia

Congratulations to Illinois musicology doctoral candidate Thornton Miller, who has been awarded a Fulbright IIE Fellowship to conduct research in St. Petersburg and Moscow for the 2017-18 academic year.

See Miller’s abstract below.

Thornton Miller

My research is on Anglo-Soviet cultural exchange during the early Cold War. The work focuses on the relationship between the state institutions and the music professionals–such as composers (including Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich), impresarios, performers, and publishers–who were involved in these exchanges. My preliminary archival research in the United Kingdom and Russia has indicated that the British and Soviet governments depended on these professionals to carry out Anglo-Soviet exchange, that these professionals were able to circumvent the economic and legal differences between the two countries, and that they were able to shape their own participation in these exchanges to suit their own creative, financial, and political interests. My current research strives to answer the question: why did the British and Soviet governments entrust these music professionals with this much agency?

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