chapter  20
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Change of fortune. New means of expression in the language of film music. Evolution from sound-musical illustration towards the creation of an integral film sound-world.

The 'thaw' period proved short-lived. But even during those few years Soviet art experienced a tremendous breakthrough, being able to extend the genre range of themes and subjects, and to renovate the language and enrich the world with a veritable constellation of talented artists. This creative impetus was so strong that even the close and gloomy atmosphere of the Brezhnev stagnation period which replaced 'the thaw', could not suppress the flight of ideas and fantasy in the best representatives of 'the men of the sixties'. Some of them had to leave their country, branded as dissidents. Others however had the courage to share the burden of the communist regime with their public: the names of the writers Vasily Aksenov, Viktor Nekrasov, Veniamin Erofeyev, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the poets and singers Bulat Okudjava and Vladimir Vysotsky, the sculptor Ernest Neizvestny, the artists Elian Belov and Vladimir Sholtz, the composers Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Edison Denisov all entered the annals of national culture.