Twentieth-century Music and Politics

Twentieth-century Music and Politics

Essays in Memory of Neil Edmunds

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When considering the role music played in the major totalitarian regimes of the century it is music's usefulness as propaganda that leaps first to mind. But as this volume demonstrates, there is a complex relationship both between art music and politicised mass culture, and between entertainment and propaganda. Nationality, self/other, power and ideology are the dominant themes of this book, while key topics include: music in totalitarian regimes; music as propaganda; music and national identity; émigré communities and composers; music's role in shaping identities of 'self' and 'other' and music as both resistance to, and instrument of, oppression.

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& Francis Publishing

When considering the role music played in the major totalitarian regimes of the century it is music's usefulness as propaganda that leaps first to mind. But as a number of the chapters in this volume demonstrate, there is a complex relationship both between art music and politicised mass culture, and between entertainment and propaganda. Nationality, self/other, power and ideology are the dominant themes of this book, whilst key topics include: music in totalitarian regimes; music as propaganda; music and national identity; émigré communities and composers; music's role in shaping identities of 'self' and 'other' and music as both resistance to and instrument of oppression. Taking the contributions together it becomes clear that shared experiences such as war, dictatorship, colonialism, exile and emigration produced different, yet clearly inter-related musical consequences.

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This collection exploring the relationship between music and politics in 20th-century Europe is dedicated to the memory of the late historian of Soviet musical life, Neil Edmunds. Fifteen papers are presented by editor Fairclough (music, U. of Bristol, England) on such specific topics as Anglo-Soviet musical exchanges in the late Stalin period; musical films and the war in Nazi cinema; xenophobia and British musical life in the first half of the century; musical life in Belgrade under German occupation; Joaquiín Rodrigo's Concierto Heroico and musical commemorations in post-Civil War Spain; Hungarian cabaret in wartime London; Irish nationalism, British imperialism, and the role of popular music; and Russian musical life in Shanghai during the interwar period. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2013
ISBN: 9781409473114
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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