Moscow Conservatory

Moscow Conservatory

Mission statement

The aim of SMT-Rus is to discuss, promote, and engage with Russian music-theoretical traditions. This includes approaches that intersect with those studied by Western scholars, as well as areas/concepts that are unique to Russian scholarship. This interest group was inaugurated at the 2013 meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Charlotte, NC.


The Russian Music Theory Interest Group meets at SMT’s annual meetings in order to discuss scholarly work, sponsor invited presentations, discussion forums, and special topic sessions. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    Online presence and discussion

    This interest group maintains a Google group where members can access general information (group description and announcements), and sign up to participate in online discussion. Please contact Chris Segall to be added to the list.

    How to join

    There are no requirements for membership; simply attend our meetings at annual SMT meetings to participate.

    Leadership and Contact Info
    Chair Ellen Bakulinal



    Past Activities

    Saturday 5 November, Pavilion Ballroom A, 12:15-1:45

    Welcome and announcements

    Inessa Bazayev (Louisiana State University), founding chair


    Russian Music and Music Theory

    Kirill Zikanov (Yale University), "Dargomyzhsky and the Augmented Triad" Scott Murphy (University of Kansas), "Unmatched Variety of Novel Anti-Tonic Harmony in the Music of Nikolay Myaskovsky"

    Prokofiev at 125

    Simon Morrison (Princeton University), "Prokofiev's Method" Rebecca Perry (Yale University), "Functional Displacement in Prokofiev's Sonata-Cycle Finales"



    The Russian Music Theory Interest Group has compiled a bibliography of sources relating to Russian music.