Prominent Russian musicologists L. O. Akopyan, M. A. Saponov, R. A. Nassonov and K. V. Zenkin in their conversations with A. A. Amrakhova discuss the problems that are topical for contemporary musicology in Russia: the special musicological methods of research, the latest trends in humanitarian methodology, the discrepancy of the classical analytical apparatus with contemporary musical art. In an attempt to answer the question “What theories and ideas deserve today a serious reassessment?” — a “register of our delusions” is created.
Both the structure of music science in its historical development and the research methods that were applied within its frameworks are considered through the works of such major Russian theorists, historians and philosophers of music as Boleslav Yavorsky, Alexey Losev, Boris Asafʼyev, and others. A necessity to realize the specificity of the approach of the humanities, especially in the art studies, is stressed for the sake of using historical and hermeneutical research methods in a thoughtful manner.
The article views the essential Russian theoretical concepts of music history. The pivotal aspects of concepts by Boleslav Yavorsky, Boris Asaf’yev, Sergey Skrebkov, Yury Kholopov and Tatyana Cherednichenko are described.
Music history, theory of music history, Boris Asaf’yev, Tatyana Cherednichenko, Yury Kholopov, Sergey Skrebkov, Boleslav Yavorsky.