Evangelist or Socialist: Johann Sebastian Bach in the Cold War and Other Periods of National Uncertainty

  • Marie-Agnes Dittrich
Keywords: Bach-reception, cold war, socialism, conservative image of Bach

Abstract

At the Bach Conference 1950 in Leipzig, the socialist image of Bach in East Germany competed with the conservative and theological one of West Germany. During the Cold War both served to legitimize rival ideologies. Once again, Bach was interpreted as an orientation, as in other periods of national incertainty, like the Napoleonic Wars (Forkel, 1802) or just before the Prussian-German Empire (Wagner, 1870).

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Published
2007-12-01
How to Cite
DittrichM.-A. (2007). Evangelist or Socialist: Johann Sebastian Bach in the Cold War and Other Periods of National Uncertainty. Musicological Annual, 43(2), 277-284. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.43.2.277-284
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