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Sound and Socialist Identity

David Tompkins

in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759392
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918911 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759392.003.0007
Sound and Socialist Identity

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This chapter provides a fresh perspective on the musical world of Stalinist East Germany, and argues that the vibrant soundscape was marked by the hopes and desires of both composers and the audience as well as by directives from cultural officials. Beginning with a brief discussion of expectations for musical compositions under Socialist Realism, it explores the rich array of music festivals in the post-war period, from prominent events in Berlin to those organized in smaller towns and the countryside. Concluding with an examination of Estradenkonzerte, or stage revues, the chapter asserts that the soundscape of the GDR was a negotiated project that helped to create a new socialist identity.

Keywords: East Germany; Socialist Realism; music; Estradenkonzert; music festivals; countryside; cultural officials; composers

Chapter.  6040 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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