Book cover of Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance by Jeremy Eichler
Biography & Autobiography

Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance 

In 1785, when the great German poet Friedrich Schiller penned his immortal “Ode to Joy,” he crystallized the deepest hopes and dreams of the European Enlightenment for a new era of peace and freedom, a time when millions would be embraced as equals. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony then gave wing to Schiller’s words, but barely a century later these same words were claimed by Nazi propagandists and twisted by a barbarism so complete that it ruptured, as one philosopher put it, “the deep layer of solidarity among all who wear a human face.” […Learn More]

Book cover of The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century by John Mauceri
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The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century

A prominent conductor explores how aesthetic criteria masked the political goals of countries during the three great wars of the past century

This book offers a major reassessment of classical music in the twentieth century. John Mauceri argues that the history of music during this span was shaped by three major wars of that century: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. […Learn More]