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Music and Ideology in Cold War Europe

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521031134

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  • This study analyzes the radicalization of art music in early post-war France in its broader socio-cultural and political context, pursuing two lines of inquiry. The first details the attitudes towards musical conservatism and innovation adopted by cultural strategists representing Western and Soviet ideological interests at the onset of the Cold War. The second, which draws upon the commentaries of Adorno and Sartre, recognizes that the Cold War generated a heightened political awareness among French musicians precisely when the social relevance of avant-garde music had become the subject of widespread debate.

    • Draws upon previously neglected primary sources and documentary evidence to link music with Cold War political ideology
    • Puts pivotal figures of twentieth-century music in an alternative context, including Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Adorno and Boulez
    • Draws Jean-Paul Sartre into the ongoing debate about the social relevance of high modernist music
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    Carroll...has written a fascinating book in which arguments about the meanings of music are shown to have political dimensions and in which the interests of political establishments in exploiting music for their own purposes are revealed to be never entirely successful. This is, in short, a brilliant book, wonderful to read!
    Journal of Cold War Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521031134
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 243 x 168 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.421kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Introduction: issues and perspectives
    1. Back to the future: Nabokov's selection criteria for L'Oeuvre du XXe siècle
    2. Nabokov, Shostakovich and the view from the bridge
    3. Articles of war: the Prague Manifesto and the Progressistes
    4. Creative freedom or political obligation? Serialism and Stalinism in France
    5. Culture and confrontation at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    6. Neither you nor they: the avant-garde and neutralité
    7. Music and Sartrean commitment
    8. René Leibowitz and the musician's conscience
    9. A forlorn hope: Sartre's 'virtual' audience
    10. Serialism, scientism and the post-war world view
    Epilogue: the aftermath of L'Oeuvre du XXe siècle
    Appendix: the musical programme L'Oeuvre du XXe siècle

  • Author

    Mark Carroll, University of Adelaide
    Mark Carroll is Lecturer in Music at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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