in The Orchestra

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760282
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365869 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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Music and politics have always been connected. The orchestra's potential as an agent of peace and international bonding is obvious as well. The motives are generally honorable and the results sometimes lasting. ‘Peace’ looks at orchestras traveling abroad and their impact on artistic and diplomatic relations with other nations. What came to be called cultural diplomacy, secured its earliest and perhaps greatest victory when the Boston Symphony Orchestra traveled to the Soviet Union in September 1956. In 2008, the New York Philharmonic visited North Korea. It was the largest group of outsiders ever let in at once. Touring instruments of peace are cheaper than acts of war.

Keywords: Johann Sebastian Bach; Ludwig van Beethoven; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Joan of Arc; Herbert von Karajan; Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Music; Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Chapter.  3779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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