Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians
The Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians or RAPM (Russian: Российская Ассоциация Пролетарских Музыкантов, РАПМ ) was a musicians' creative union of the early Soviet period. It was founded in June 1923. RAPM's members advocated "mass songs" for choirs, with easily accessible melodies that were often inspired by folk tunes, and which songs were often collectively composed. RAPM was in an ideological and aesthetic war against the Association for Contemporary Music that accepted Western expressionism and modernism.
On 23 April 1932 it was disbanded, together with other unions, such as Russian Association of Proletarian Writers, by the Decree on the Reformation of Literary and Artistic Organizations.
- Music for the Revolution by Amy Nelson, p.242
- Neil Edmunds, "Music and Politics: The Case of the Russian Association of Proletarian Musicians", The Slavonic and East European Review, January 2000, Vol. 78, No. 1, pp. 66-89.
- Amy Nelson, "The Struggle for Proletarian Music: RAPM and the Cultural Revolution", Slavic Review, Spring 2000, Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 101-132.
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