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Formalism

According to the doctrine of socialist realism in art, this constituted the most serious charge against a musical work, tantamount to its removal from the repertoire. This was what happened toLutosławski’s Symphony No. 1, for example. The authorities decided that it was devoid of content in favour of pure form), which meant it did not serve society the way a musical work should.