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Socialist realism

Politically motivated aesthetic doctrine imposed on Polish music and arts in the late 1940s. It dominated Polish music from the early 1950s, forcing composers to make a number of concessions in favour of a simplification of their musical language. The constraints of socialist realism as well as increasing political pressure led to a creative crisis in Panufnik’s life and, consequently, to his illegal departure from Poland in 1954.