The necessity of music : variations on a German theme / Celia Applegate.
- Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 
- German and European studies ; 26.
German and European studies ; 26
xii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Music -- Social aspects -- Germany.
Music -- Germany -- History and criticism.
Music -- Social aspects.
- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- "In The necessity of music, Celia Applegate explores the many ways that Germans thought about and made music from the eighteenth- to twentieth-centuries. Rather than focus on familiar stories of composers and their work Applegate illuminates the myriad ways in which music is integral to German social life. Musical life reflected the polycentric nature of German social and political life, even while it provided many opportunities to experience what was common among Germans. Musical activities also allowed Germans, whether professional musicians, dedicated amateurs, or simply listeners, to participate in European culture. Applegate's original and fascinating analysis of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, and military music enables the reader to understand music through the experiences of listeners, performers, and institutions. The necessity of music demonstrates that playing, experiencing, and interpreting music was a powerful factor that shaped German collective life."-- Provided by publishers.
- Part I. Places
How German is it?
Music in place
Musical itinerancy in a world of nations
Music at the fairs
Part II. People
Mendelssohn on the road
A.B. Marx's cosmopolitan nationalism
Schumann's German nation
The musical worlds of Brahm's Hamburg
Part III. Public and private
What difference does a nation make?
Men with trombones
Hausmusik in the Third Reich
To be or not to be Wagnerian in Leni Riefenstahl's films
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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