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Composing the Canon in the German Democratic Republic: Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Music

Elaine Kelly


National identity in the German Democratic Republic was heavily predicated on the past. The state was posited as the second German Enlightenment, and socialism as the culmination of a legacy of rational thought dating back to the French Revolution. Nineteenth-century music featured prominently in this foundation myth. A heritage of classical realism originating with Beethoven was heralded as the precursor to socialist realism. Romanticism, in contrast, was identified as the locus for the irrationalism that had led to fascism and capitalism. This book charts the reception of this canon in the G ... More

Keywords: Canon, Nineteenth-century music, Nationalism, Socialism, Late Socialism, Lateness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199998098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199998098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Kelly, author
University of Edinburgh