Prof. Marina Ritzarev

Principal Associate Researcher
Ritzarev Marina


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PhD – 1973, St. Petersburg Conservatory, supervisor Sergei Slonimsky.

Dr. Habil. – 1989, Kiev Conservatory


Marina Ritzarev (b. 16 April 1946, Leningrad) is an Israeli musicologist. Following her career in St. Petersburg and Moscow, which included research in eighteenth-century Russian music, contemporary Russian music, work at the Archives department of the Central Museum of Musical Culture and serving as a Deputy Director in the Centre of Information at the USSR Composers' Union, she repatriated in Israel in 1990. Since 1992 she works at the Department of Music at Bar-Ilan University on a fellowship granted by the Israeli Ministry of Absorption to immigrant scholars. In 1997-2000 worked at the Israeli Music Archive at Tel-Aviv University. Multicultural experience, studies in ethnomusicology and the merging of Russian and Western musicological traditions enhanced new perspectives in her research. Subsequently, she developed a theory of the vernacular in music and also contributed to the field of music signification.

In addition to research, her recent activity includes teaching and supervision of postgraduate students. She is President of the Israeli Musicological Society.

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1979 1983 1987 1991
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2013 2014 2015 2015



Taina Pateticheskoi Tchakovskogo: o skrytoi programme Shestoy simfonii [The mystery of ʻPathétiqueʼ: on the hidden program of the Sixth Symphony]. St. Petersburg: Compozitor, 2017. 176 С. ISBN: 978-5-7379-0887-4

Iosif Bardanashvili: Zhizn' v trekh izmereniakh (3D). Besedy s kompozitorom. [Josef Bardanashvili: Life in 3D. Conversations with the composer]. Tel-Aviv: VeDiScore, 2016. - 288 pp. ISBN 978-965-555-866-1


Dmitry Bortniansky: Zhizn' i tvorchestvo kompozitora. 2nd edition, revised and extended. [Dmitry Bortniansky: Life and Work of the Composer, In Russian]. St. Petersburg: Compozitor, 2015. — 392 pp. ISBN 978-5-7379-0807-2


Tchaikovskyʼs ʻPathétiqueʼ and Russian Culture. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. 184 p. Hardback ISBN: 978-1-4724-2412-9; Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016 Paperback. ISBN 9781138250345


Maxim Berezovsky. Zhizn' i tvorchestvo kompozitora [Maxim Berezovsky. Life and Work of the Composer], 2nd edition, revised and extended [In Russian]. St. Petersburg: Compozitor, 2013. 228 p. ISBN: 978-5-7379-0504-0


(As editor) Garment and Core: Jews and their Musical Experiences, Eds. E. Avitsur, M. Ritzarev, E. Seroussi. Bar-Ilan University Press. 2012. 399 p. ISBN: 9789652263995


Eighteenth-Century Russian Music. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. 416 p. Hardback ISBN: 978-0-7546 3466-9. 2016 Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016 Paperback. ISBN: 9781138249462.


Dukhovny kontsert v Rossii vtoroy poloviny XVIII veka [Sacred Concerto in Russia of the Late Eighteenth Century, in Russian].  St. Petersburg: Compozitor, 2006. 244 p. ISBN 5-7379-0311-7


Kompozitor Sergei Slonimsky [The Composer Sergei Slonimsky, in Russian]. St. Petersburg: Sovetskiy Kompozitor, 1991. 271 p. ISBN: 5-85285-160-4


Russkaya muzyka XVIII veka [Russian Music of the 18th Century, in Russian]. Moscow: Znanie, 1987. 128 p.


Kompozitor M. S. Berezovsky: zhizn' i tvorchestvo [The Composer M. S. Berezovsky: Life and Work, in Russian]. St. Petersburg: Muzyka, 1983. 142 p.


Kompozitor D. Bortniansky. Zhizn' i tvorchestvo [The Composer D. Bortniansky: Life and Work, in Russian]. St. Petersburg: Muzyka, 1979. 256 p.


Reference books


The Israeli Music Archive: List of Collections. Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv University, 1998.


Music and Me - popular encyclopedia for youth [in Russian]. Moscow: Muzyka, 2014 (5th ed., 2006, 2000, 1998, 1994).


Rachmaninoff’s Autographs in the Archives of the State Central Glinka Museum of Musical Culture [in Russian]. Moscow: Sovetskiy Kompozitor, 1980.



Rethinking Bach’s the Art of Fugue by Anatoly Milka. Edited by Esti Sheinberg, translated by Marina Ritzarev. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016. 262 p. ISBN 9781472458865 ​


Articles and chapters in books


“Muzykal'ny folklor: mezhdu prirodoy i kul'turoy”. Ot russkogo Serebryanogo veka k Novomu Renessansu. Proceedings of International Forum toward 80s Anniversary of Sergei Slonimsky (4-7 April 2012).  Eds. R.N. Slonimskaya and R.G. Shitikova. St Petersburg, Lennex Corp. Edinbourgh, 2014, pp. 333-338.

“King David and the Frog”. Musicological annual L proceedings (University of Ljubljana, L. 50, Št. 2 (2014), pp. 31-42)


 “Between the Field and the Salon”. A Network of Significations: texts on music semiotics in honor of Raymond Monelle, ed. by Esti Sheinberg. Ashgate. 2012, P.35-45.


“Conceptualizing the Vernacular in Music”. Garment and Core: Jews and their Musical Experiences, Eds. E. Avitsur, M. Ritzarev, E. Seroussi Bar-Ilan University Press. 2012. P. 31-40.


Evstigney Fomin. Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History (SMERSH) A Publication of Academic International Press. 2011. P.239-241.


“Music and Food: cultural parallels of sign systems”. Before and After Music. Ed. Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli. Proceedings from the 10th International Congress on Musical Signification. Vilnius, 21-25 October 2008. Acta Semiotica Fennica xxxvii. Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius. Unweb Publications, Helsinki. International Semiotic Institute, Imatra, 2010. P. 278-286.


(Together with Esti Sheinberg) “'The Infinite Grace of Jesus': Massenet's 'Marie-Magdeleine' and Tchaikovsky's Blessed Tears”. Music and Letters 2010 / 91: 171-197.


'The composer Josef Bardanashvili: his creative work in Israel' (In Russian): Zoloto galuta: dukhovnaya i kul’turnaya integratsiya russkoyazychnykh immigrantov v Izraile. Ed. Moshe Kenigshtein. Jerusalem-Moscow. Gesharim. 2009, pp. 375-388.


 ‘A Singing Peasant': An Historical Look at National Identity in Russian Music, in Min-adIsrael Studies in Musicology Online , ed. by Adena Portowitz.


“The Augmented Second, Chagall’s Silhouettes and the Six-Pointed Star”, in Musica Judaica, vol. XVIII, 5766, 2005-2006, pp. 43-69.


 “Vladimir Propp’s theory of the fairy tale: Its relation to sonata form”, in Music and the Arts, Proceedings from ICMS 7. Ed. by Eero Tarasti, Paul Forsell and Richard Littlefield (Acta Semiotica Fennica XXIII, Approaches to Musical Semiotics 10). Helsinki: International Semiotics Institute, Hakapaino, 2006. Pp. 178-184.


 “Rethinking Eighteen-Century Russian Music”, in Orbis XIII, collection of essays from the materials of the conference “Rethinking Interpretive Traditions in Musicology” (Tel-Aviv University, 1999). Eds. Shai Burstyn, Judith Cohen, Zohar Eitan, David Halperin, Dorit Tanai. Tel-Aviv: Tel-Aviv University Press, 2003. Pp. 99-106.


 “Sergei Slonimsky and Russian ‘Unofficial Nationalism’ of 1960-80s”, in Schostakovitsch und die Folgen: Russische Music zwischen Anpassung und Protest (Shostakovich and the Consequences: Russian Music Between Adaptation and Protest). Eds. E. Kuhn, J. Nemtsov and A. Wehrmeyer. (Studia slavica musicologica, Bd. 32). Berlin: Verlag Ernst Kuhn, 2003. Pp. 187-210.


“Russian Music before Glinka”, in Min-adIsrael Studies in Musicology Online, Adena Portowitz, ed. 2002.

 “The Legacy of Late Eighteenth-Century Russian Spiritual Music: its Sources and Destiny”, in. Musikgeschichte zwischen Ost- and Westeuropa: Kirchenmusic—geistliche Music—religiöse Musik, Bericht der Konferenz Chemnitz 28-30 Oktober 1999. Eds. H. Loos and K-P. Koch. Studio, 2002. Pp. 479-492.


 “Chant and Polyphony in Russia: Historical Aspects”, in The Dr Martinelli Music Collection (KU Leuven, University Archives); Musical Life in Collegiate Churches in the Low Countries and Europe; Chant and Polyphony, the Yearbook of Alamire Foundation 4. Eds. Bruno Bouckaert and Eugeen Schreurs. Belgium, Leuven: Musicpublishers Alamire, 2002. Pp. 357-368.


 “The Italian Diaspora in Eighteenth-Century Russia” (co-author A. Porfirieva), in The Eightheen Century Diaspora of Italian Music and Musicians. Comp. by Albert Dunning, edit. by Reinhard Strohm. Italy, Cremona: The Foundation Pietro Antonio Locatelli, Speculum Musicae series. Vol. VIII, 2001. Pp. 211-253.


 “When Did Shostakovich Stop Using Jewish Idiom?” in Schostakowitch und das juedische musikalische Erbe (Schostakowitsch-Studien, Bd 3). Eds. E. Kuhn, A. Wehrmeyer and Günter Wolter. Studia slavica musicologica, Bd. 18.  Berlin: Verlag Ernst Kuhn, 2001. Pp.114-130.


“Songs of Russian-Soviet Emigrants and the Marginal Tradition”, in Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation, Proceedings of The Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), 16-21 August, 1998, Haifa University, CD ROM, ISBN 965-555-067-2. 2001.


 “The Conflict Between Nationalistic and Pluralistic Tradition in Russian Musical Narratives”, in Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation, Proceedings of The Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), 16-21 August, 1998, Haifa University, CD ROM, ISBN 965-555-067-2. 2001.


 “The Ballet Icarus by Sergei Slonimsky as an Ethical Key to the Composer’s Music”, in Twentieth Century European Narratives: Tradition and Innovation, Proceedings of The Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), 16-21 August, 1998, Haifa University, CD ROM, ISBN 965-555-067-2. 2001.


 “Composer as Victim” [in Russian], in D. Shostakovich: mezhdu mgnoveniem i vechnost’yu. domentymaterialy, stat’i [D. Shostakovich: Between Instant and Eternity: Documents, Materials, Essays], ed. L. Kovnatskaya. St Petersburg: “Kompozitor”, 2000. Pp. 751-761. English version by the author, ms.


 “Knight of Russian Music: Defining Russia Musically by Richard Taruskin”, in The European Legacy 3:6, 1999. Pp.65-75.


 “Yakiv Andriïovich Timchenko (Materials to the biography)” [in Ukrainian], in Ukraïns’kiy Muzichniy Arkhiv , I, Kiïv: Centrmuzinform, 1995. Pp. 68-73.


“Was it Really a Suicide?”(concerning the biography of Berezovsky) [in Russian], in Iskusstvo Leningrada, no. 2, 1990..Pp. 72-76.


 “Problems of Research in Russian Choral Music of the Second Half of the 18th Century” [in Russian], in Problems of Musical Science, vol. VII. Moscow: Sovetskii Kompozitor, 1989, pp. 193-204.


 “Sergei Slonimsky and his Maria Stuart”  [in Russian], in  Muzyka Rossii , vol. VII. Moscow:  Sovetskii kompozitor, 1988, pp. 35-46.


 “The Fate of the Work - the Fate of the Composer” (About the creative work and life of N. Karetnikov) [in Russian], in Sovetskii balet, no. 4, 1987, pp. 26-28.


 “Non-subject to Doubt in Victory” (about definition of generic sources in the song The Sacred War) [in Russian], in Sovetskaya muzyka, no. 5, 1987, pp. 20-22.


 “Dedicated to the Poet” (about Romansero of Love and Death by N.Sidel'nikov) [in Russian], in Muzyka Rossii, vol. V. Moscow: Sovetskii  Kompositor, 1984, pp. 235-248.


 “The Unknown Concerto by M. S. Berezovsky” [in Russian], in Pamyatniki kul’tury: Novye otkrytia. Annual collection of the Academy of Science of the USSR. St. Petersburg: Nauka, 1983, pp. 187-193.


 “The Vocal Works by Sergei Slonimsky” [in Russian], in Composers of the Russian Federation.  Moscow: Sovetskii Kompozitor, 1982, pp. 31-55.


 “Russian Choral Concertos in the Creative Works of Italian Composers, Working in Russia in the Second Half of the 18th Century” [in Russian], in Musica Antica, vol. VI, 1982, pp. 855-867. Bydgoshch, Poland.


“On Life and Creative Works by M.S.Berezovsky” [in Russian], in Sovetskaya muzyka, 1978, .no. 6, pp. 110-116.


 “The Art People Need” (about symphonic works of B. Arapov) [in Russian], in Sovetskaya muzyka, 1976. no. 5, pp. 14-18.


 “From the Musical Heritage of Bortniansky” [in Russian], in Stranitsy istorii 

russkoi muzyki. Ed. E. M. Orlova. St. Petersburg: Muzyka, 1973, pp. 3-17.


Book reviews


Between Religion and Rationality. Essays in Russian Literature and Culture by Joseph Frank,  Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, 2010. The European Legacy. In press.


Cheese, pears, and history in a proverb by Massimo MontanariTranslated by Beth Archer Brombert. (Arts and traditions of the table: perspectives on culinary history). Columbia University Press, 2010. The European Legacy. In press.


Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music by Klára Móricz. California Studies in 20th-Century Music. University of California Press. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 2008. Book review for The European Legacy, 18:3, 2013. In press.


Anton Chekhov: A Brother’s Memoir by Mikhail Chekhov, Translated by Eugene Alper. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Book review for The European Legacy, 18:2, 2013. In press.


Leo Zeitlin, Chamber music. Edited by Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert S. Nelson. A-R Editions, Inc., Middleton, Wisconsin, 2009. Min-adIsrael Studies in Musicology Online.


Writing Through Music: Essays on Music, Culture, and Politics by Jann Pasler. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. The European Legacy, 16:3, June 2011.


 The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times.  Ed. By Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jonathan Karp. University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia, 2008.  The European Legacy, 16:2, 2011.


Music and the Numinous by Richard Elfyn Jones. Series “Consciousness, Literature & the Arts”. Amsterdam-New York, 2007. The European Legacy, 15-6, October 2010.


Philosophy of Modern Music by Theodor W. Adorno. Translated by Anne G. Mitchell and Wesley V. Blomster. Continuum, 2007. The European Legacy, 15-4, July 2010.


History of Music in Russia from Antiquity to 1800 by Nikolai Findeizen. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2008. Eighteenth-Century Music, 6:2. 248-250.


The Polyphony of Jewish Culture by Benjamin Harshav. Stanford University Press, 2007. The European Legacy, 14:6, October 2009.


The Pearl. A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia by Douglas Smith. New Heaven & London: Yale University Press, 2008. Early Music America


Bach’s Cycle, Mozart’s Arrow by Karol Berger. An Essay on the Origins of Musical Modernity. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 2007. The European Legacy, 14:5, August 2009.


The Dictatorship of Sex: Lifestyle Advised for Soviet Masses by Frances Bernstein. DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007. The European Legacy, 14:2, the second issue of 2009.


Food Is Culture by Massimo Montanari. Translated from Italian by Albert Sonnenfeld. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. The European Legacy, 13:5, August 2008.


Literary Music: Writing Music in Contemporary Fiction by Stephen Benson. Ashgate, Aldershot: 2006. The European Legacy 13:3, May 2008.


Five Operas and a Symphony. Word and Music in Russian Culture by Boris Gasparov. In series Russian Literature and Thought. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2005. Slavic Review, 2007, 66:4, p. 771.


Rachmaninoff and the Symphony, by David Butler Cannata. Bibliotheca Musicologica, University of Innsbruck, edited by Tilman Seebass, Volume IV. Innsbruck-Wien: Studien Verlag, 1999. Min-adIsrael Studies in Musicology Online, Adena Portowitz, ed. 2006.

Essays on Music by Theodor W. Adorno. Selected, with Introduction, Commentary, and Notes by Richard Leppert. Translation by Susan H. Gillespie and others. Berkeley, Los Angeles Press, London: University of California Press, 2002. 760 pages. The European Legacy 11:3, 2005, pp. 354-355.


The Petrine Revolution in Russian Culture. By James Cracraft. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England 2004. 560 pp.  The European Legacy 11:2, pp. 222-223.


Authenticity and Fiction in the Russian Literary Journey, 1790-1840. By Andreas Schoenle (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000) The European Legacy 2004. 8: 6, pp. 836-837.


Vladimir Nabokov. By Neil Cornwell (Plymouth: Northcote House Publishers, 1999). The European Legacy 2003. 8:5, pp. 686-688.


Muzychnaya kultura Belorusi XVIII stoletia. By Volha Dodziomava. Byelorussian State Academy of Music, 2003. Mastatstva, 3 (240), p. 54.


Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Ed. by David Wyn Jones, Ashgate, 2000. Ad Parnassum, 2003. vol. I/1, April, pp. 161-164.


Crescendo of the Virtuoso: Spectacle, Skill, and Self-Promotion in Paris during the Age of Revolution. By Paul Metzner (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1998). The European  Legacy 2002. 7:4 , pp.141-143.


Irony, Satire, Parody and the Grotesque in the Music of Shostakovich: A Theory of Musical Incongruities. By Esti Sheinberg, Ashgate, 2000. Slavic and East European Journal. 2001.46/4, pp. 805-807.


Shostakovich: A Life. By Laurel E. Fay (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000). Slavic and East European Journal. 2001. 45/3, pp. 576-578.


Tchaikovsky Through Others’ Eyes. Compiled, edited and with an Introduction by Alexander Poznansky. Translations from Russian by Ralph C. Burr, Jr. & Robert Bird (Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1999). Slavic and East European Journal. 2001. 45/1, pp. 150-151.


Musorgsky:  Eight Essays and an Epilogue. By Richard Taruskin, Foreword by Caryl Emerson (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press; second printing, 1997). The European Legacy 1999. 4:4, pp.112-116.


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Graduate courses taught in 2002-2012:


Composer, Performer and Audience in the Epochs of Baroque and Classicism

Composer, Performer, Impresario and Audience in the Epochs of Romanticism and Modernity

Music in the Mirror of Society: Introduction to the Anthropology of Music

Music and Identity

Music as Communication

National Schools of Composition in the Eighteenth Century

Ancient Greek Myth in the European Music

Choral Music: its Genres and Function in the European Music

Genre and Style in the European Music

Symphony in the Twentieth Century

Tchaikovsky as Composer and Man

        Russian Opera: Tradition and Challenges

        Russian Music in Exile

        Shostakovich: Biography and Hagiography

        Prokofiev, Shostakovich and the Paradoxes of Totalitarian System

        National, Nationalistic and Folk in Music


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Russian music

Eighteenth-century Russian music; Choral concerto; Dmitry Bortniansky; Maxim Berezovsky; Russian musical culture in general; Tchaikovsky; Soviet music; Sergei Slonimsky and Shostakovich.



Vernacularity and nationalism in music; Music in immigrant communities; Jewish music.


Music signification

Textbook sonata form and Proppʼs morphology of fairy tale.

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