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Most German of the Arts: Musicology and Society from the Weimar Republic to the End of Hitler's Reich / Edition 1

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Overview

This important book investigates the role played by German musicology in buttressing Nazi institutions and ideology. Pamela Potter examines the social, economic, and intellectual factors that caused some German musical scholars to support with such fervor the ideological aims of the Nazis. She argues convincingly that many of the ideas that served the regime not only predated Hitler's rise to power but survived the Nazi period to influence the conception of music history-including that of American musical scholarship-down to the present time.
Potter reveals that prominent German musicologists went beyond other scholars in serving the state by publicizing the German musical legacy as a source of national pride; exploring politically relevant research topics, including pseudo-scientific race theories; and participating in the Germanization of occupied and annexed territories during World War II. Nazi leaders recognized musicology's potential service to Nazi causes, says Potter, and musicological ventures enjoyed generous support from the government, party, and SS. Scrutinizing private papers, archives, and rare publications, Potter breaks the silence imposed by the postwar German musicological establishment and demonstrates the extent to which the entire profession was politicized during the Nazi era.
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Editorial Reviews

James Oestreich
[The book tells]. . .a fascinating tale of a disclipline still young, undefined and insecure trying to prove its usefulness, to survive in shifting and ultimately dangerous waters. . . .What music may well be is the . . .hardest [art] to bend to political uses. . . .That elusiveness is nowhere more apparent than in attempts to pin down the very concept of 'Germanness' in music.
New York Times
James R. Oestreich
[The book tells]. . .a fascinating tale of a disclipline still young, undefined and insecure trying to prove its usefulness, to survive in shifting and ultimately dangerous waters. . . .What music may well be is the . . .hardest [art] to bend to political uses. . . .That elusiveness is nowhere more apparent than in attempts to pin down the very concept of 'Germanness' in music. -- The Nerw York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300072280
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations
1 The Background: Music and German Society, 1918-1945 1
2 Musicologists on Their Role in Modern German Society 31
3 The Organization and Reorganization of Musicological Scholarship 58
4 Musicology in the University 88
5 New Opportunities outside the University, 1933-1945 125
6 The Shaping of New Methodologies 165
7 Attempts to Define "Germanness" in Music 200
8 Denazification and the German Musicological Legacy 235
Notes 267
Bibliography 341
Index 357
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