The Politics of Music in the Third Reich

The Politics of Music in the Third Reich

by Michael Meyer
     
 

This book is an examination of Nazi policy toward music and its implementation in the politics and administration of the Third Reich. It demonstrates that totalitarian politics and functional art were complementary, that music became a manipulated instrument of propaganda and that it contributed significantly to the cultural facade of the terror state as

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This book is an examination of Nazi policy toward music and its implementation in the politics and administration of the Third Reich. It demonstrates that totalitarian politics and functional art were complementary, that music became a manipulated instrument of propaganda and that it contributed significantly to the cultural facade of the terror state as embellishment and as an important component of Nazi ritual. Musicians were not only victims of the totalitarian state but also accomplices to it.

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«Meyer's book is an important contribution to a field of study which has been far too neglected in this country; the symbiotic relationship of art and politics in the Third Reich. The author writes with style and authority, and bases his pungent observations on solid research. This book will interest anyone who wishes to understand how Hitler's Reich tried - and to a great extent succeeded - in turning music, classical and popular, into an arm of the totalitarian state.» (Professor Stephen Gallup, American University)
«This book contains the most thorough documentation and explanation available of the conditions and activities of musicians in Germany and occupied countries from the time of Hitler's rise to power through the end of WW II. Meyer's meticulous research and explanation of facts and figures usually supports but sometimes contradicts prevalent suppositions. ... Extensive footnotes, organizational charts, and photographs complement the excellent prose.» (R. Zierolf, Choice)
«Michael Meyer's book is an important contribution to the growing number of studies relating music to politics and is essential reading for all those seeking greater understanding of German musical developments during the twentieth century.» (Erik Levi, Music and Letters)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820408057
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 9: History, #49
Pages:
434

Meet the Author

The Author: Michael Meyer is Professor of History at California State University, Northridge, where he served as Department Chair from 1975 to 1987. He has written extensively on the relationship of music to history in the context of the Third Reich, Richard Wagner, and other aspects of German ideology. He is now preparing a monograph on the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.

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