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A perfectly Russian author he influenced many rock musicians and played an important role for Russian rock to advert to the roots of Russian music folklore and imparted the genuine Russian spirit to it. Jazz stage emerged in the USSR in the 1920s, just parallel to its flourishing in the USA.
Soviet authorities displayed quite ambiguous attitude towards jazz: Russian jazzmen, as a rule, were not banned, though jazz as such was severely criticized in the context of overall criticism of Western culture on the whole. Punk music penetrated into the USSR in the early 1980s.
From the mid 1980s pank rock bands started to spring up all around the USSR and as time passed by they somehow fell into two categories: central and Siberian ones.
Alternative rock originated in Russia in the mid 1990s.
West European musicians and critics of the 19th century could not but appreciate most peculiar features of Russian music, such as the use of rich and fresh folk music material of Eurasian type, blending 'eastern' and 'western' elements; and absolutely new forms of symphonic development - synthetic rather than analytical, as was the convention with the West European symphony.
The appearance of such figures as Skryabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev in the early 20th century put Russian music in the avant-garde of the world music process. Russian opera is on a par with Italian, German and French operas in terms of their worldwide significance.
This is mainly due to the range of operas created in the second half of the 19th century and certain operas of the 20th century.