Ode to a musical vehicle for joy – and protest

February 23, 2014 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The great paintings and sculptures that were liberated near the end of World War II from their intended destination in a “Führermuseum,” as depicted in the current movie The Monuments Men, were not the only iconic works of art that Adolf Hitler wanted to appropriate for himself. He also tried very hard to turn the masterpieces of classical music by German-born composers into theme songs for his ideology of Aryan supremacy. With Richard Wagner, an enthusiastic anti-Semite in his lifetime, the Nazis’ success was lasting: Many cultured people – Jews particularly – still find Wagner’s works difficult to listen to today.
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