Edinburgh German Yearbook 13
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256 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

6 musical examples Illustrations

Series: Edinburgh German Yearbook

Imprint: Camden House

Edinburgh German Yearbook 13

Music in German Politics / Politics in German Music

Edited by Siobhán Donovan and Maria Euchner

General editor Frauke Matthes

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Volume 13 deals with the interaction of music and politics, considering a broad range of genres, authors, composers, and artists in Germany since the nineteenth century.
A particularly iconic image of German Reunification is that of Mstislav Rostropovich playing J.S. Bach's cello suites in front of the Berlin Wall on November 11, 1989. Thirty years on, it is timely to reconsider the crossfertilization of music and politics within the German-speaking context. Frequently employed as a motivational force, a propaganda tool, or even a weapon, music can imbue a sense of identity and belonging, triggering both comforting and disturbing memories. Playing a key role in the formation of Heimat and "Germanness," it serves ideological, nationalistic, and propagandistic purposes conveying political messages and swaying public opinion.
This volume brings together essays by historians, literary scholars, and musicologists on topics concerning the increasing politicization of music, especially since the nineteenth century. They cover a broad spectrum of genres, musicians, andthinkers, discussing the interplay of music and politics in "classical" and popular music: from the rediscovery and repurposing of Martin Luther in nineteenth-century Germany to the exploitation of music during the Third Reich, from the performative politics of German punk and pop music to the influence of the events of 1988/89 on operatic productions in the former GDR--up to the relevance of Ernst Bloch in our contemporary post-truth society.
Contents
Introduction: Music and/as Politics in the German Context
Maria Euchner and Siobhán Donovan
<1>Part I. Appropriations and Misappropriations
Martin Luther in Nineteenth-Century Music, Literature, and Politics
Florian Gassner
The 1848 Revolutionary Lyrics of Hoffmann von Fallersleben, Herwegh, and Freiligrath in the German Folk Song Movement
David Robb
"Der Kampf geht weiter": The Politics of Cover Versions in German Punk Rock
Peter Brandes
Son of Kraut and an Old Herero? The Politics of German Pop Musical Memory around 1990
Andrew Wright Hurley
<1>Part II. The Political Gesamtkunstwerk: Opera and Film
Der Kaiser von Atlantis oder Die Tod-Verweigerung: Opera as Political Defiance
Maria Euchner
"Volk eilt herzu": Beethoven's Opera Fidelioin Dresden on October 7 and 8, 1989, and Its Ambivalent Afterlife
Moray McGowan
Soundtracks of the Holocaust in East and West German Cinema: Jakob der Lügner (1974) and Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland (1977)
Matt Lawson
<1> Part III. The Uses and Abuses of Music and PoliticsPolitical Ideology, Authentic Performance, and the Romantic Metaphysics of Music: The Case of the Pianist Elly Ney
Rolf J. Goebel
The Spirits of Utopia and of Disenchantment: Ernst Bloch, Hope, and Music in the Age of Post-Truth
Wolfgang Marx
Notes on the Contributors

SIOBHÁN DONOVAN, Assistant Professor of German at University College Dublin

MARIA EUCHNER is a Faculty Fellow in the Foundation Year Program at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. .

FRAUKE MATTHES is a Lecturer in German at the University of Edinburgh. She was a Visiting Professor at the University of São Paulo and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Trier and was the Conference Officer for the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland (2013-19). She is the general editor of the Edinburgh German Yearbook and on the editorial boards of Forum for Modern Language Studies and the book series European Connections: Studies in Comparative Literature, Intermediality and Aesthetics.

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Title Details

256 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

6 musical examples Illustrations

Series: Edinburgh German Yearbook

Imprint: Camden House