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The Routledge Handbook to Music under German Occupation, 1938–1945

Propaganda, Myth and Reality

Edited by: David Fanning , Erik Levi

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

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eBook ISBN: 9781315230610
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Following their entry into Austria and the Sudetenland in the late 1930s, the Germans attempted to impose a policy of cultural imperialism on the countries they went on to occupy during World War II. Almost all music institutions in the occupied lands came under direct German control or were subject to severe scrutiny and censorship, the prime objective being to change the musical fabric of these nations and force them to submit to the strictures of Nazi ideology.

This pioneering collection of essays is the first in the English language to look in more detail at the musical consequences of German occupation during a dark period in European history. It embraces a wide range of issues, presenting case studies involving musical activity in a number of occupied European cities, as well as in countries that were part of the Axis or had established close diplomatic relations with Germany. The wartime careers and creative outputs of individual musicians who were faced with the dilemma of either complying with or resisting the impositions of the occupiers are explored. In addition, there is some reflection on the post-war implications of German occupation for the musical environment in Europe.

Music under German Occupation is written for all music-lovers, students, professionals and academics who have particular interests in 20th-century music and/or the vicissitudes of European cultural life during World War II.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Composers as Critics in Occupied Paris Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Conservatoire in Occupied Kiev (19 September 1941 to 6 November 1943) Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Nazi Musical Imperialism in Occupied Poland Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Music and Musical Life in Occupied Athens Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Rome-Berlin Axis Download PDF
Chapter  6:  In Search of a Musical Identity in the Nazi-Occupied Netherlands Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Symphonic Music in Occupied Belgium (1940–1944) Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Music, Culture and the Church in the German-Occupied USSR Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Celebrating a Mozart Anniversary in Occupied Belgium Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Ambiguous Reception of Antonín Dvořák’s Music During the Reichsprotektorat Böhmen und Mähren (The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia), 1939–1945 Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Celebrating the Nordic Tone – Fighting for National Legacy Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Song Collector, the Year of Terrors and the Catastrophe that Followed Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Music of Čiurlionis in the Context of Resistance and Lithuanian National Identity during the Nazi Occupation (1941–1944) Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Power through Music Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Getting away with Cultural Bolshevism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Music Criticism in the Swedish Nazi Daily Press Download PDF
Chapter  17:  (Re)visiting the (Jewish) Archive of Gideon Klein – Terezín, 1941–1944 Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Eugeniusz Morawski Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Religious Patriotism and Grotesque Ridicule Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Paul von Klenau’s Ninth Symphony Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Listening in the Grey Zone Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Marketing of Backstories Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Nazism, Music and Tyrolean Identity Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Bartók against the Nazis Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Contemporary Music and Cultural Politics in Switzerland during World War II Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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