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

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.

Probing why so few works have been added to the canon since 1930, Mauceri examines the trajectories of great composers who, following World War I, created voices that were unique and versatile, but superficially simpler.

Interview with the Author

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Conductor John Mauceri
5/13/22          45 min

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