Russian Music Theory Interest Group

Mission Statement

The aim of the Russian Music Theory Interest Group (SMT-Rus) is to discuss, promote, and engage with Russian theoretical traditions, which offer new approaches to musical meaning, harmony, voice leading, and form, with a special emphasis on topics little studied by Western scholars, including functional modality and tonal mutability. 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. The group is currently working on an extensive bibliography on Russian pedagogical sources, which will be available on our website by the 2015 annual meeting.

2016 Meeting

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

Welcome and announcements

  • Inessa Bazayev (Louisiana State University), founding chair

Prokofiev at 125

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

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"

Website and Discussion List

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.


The Russian Music Theory Interest Group has compiled a bibliography of sources relating to Russian music. Click Here to access the document.


To join this group and for further information please contact, Chris Segall (, chair.