VERNON L. LIDTKE
Almost all modern social and political movements have been accompanied by music and song, but rarely have historians tried to analyze the elusive and fluid relationship between the tonal accompaniment and the social action.1 This essay is an attempt to probe some of the dimensions of that relationship as exemplified in German National Socialism, a movement saturated with songs and filled with high musical aspirations. It is not the hope here to arrive at conclusions that are valid for the relationship between music and social movements generally, but more modestly to describe and analyze, as far as possible, a pattern that can be discerned in National Socialism. This inquiry is limited moreover to songs specifically related to National Socialism as a political movement and makes no attempt to broach the much larger problem of the relationship between German fascism and music as a whole.2____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Essays on Culture and Society in Modern Germany. Contributors: David L. Gross - Author, Charles E. McClelland - Author, David B. King - Author, Gordon A. Craig - Author, Gary D. Stark - Author, Vernon L. Lidtke - Author, Leonard Krieger - Author, Bede K. Lackner - Author. Publisher: Texas A&M University Press. Place of publication: College Station, TX. Publication year: 1982. Page number: 167.
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