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. It also includes materials originally written in the Russian language in the pre-1917 Russian Empire, as well as in the modern post-Soviet space. One of our aims is the study of Russian music using any analytical tools. This interest group was inaugurated at the 2013 SMT meeting 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 its own page on Humanities Commons, which anybody can join. 

How to join

Membership is determined by the Humanities Commons page membership. You can also attend our meetings to participate.

Leadership and Contact Info
Role Name Email
Chair Sasha Drozzina



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.