The Routledge Handbook to Music under German Occupation, 1938-1945: Propaganda, Myth and Reality

1st Edition

Erik Dr Levi, David Professor Fanning

December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 552 Pages - 95 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138713888 - CAT# Y324842


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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 the Second World War. 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 subject them 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 such 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 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 on the musical environment in Europe.

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

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