Leslie A. Sprout
Music mattered to the three forces competing for political authority in France during the Second World War. German occupying authorities promoted German music at the expense of the French, while the Vichy administration pursued projects of national renewal through culture. Meanwhile, Resistance networks gradually formed to combat German propaganda while eyeing Vichy's efforts with suspicion. In this book, I explore how each of these forces influenced the composition, performance, and reception of five well-known works: the secret Resistance songs of Francis Poulenc (Figure humaine) and Arthur ... Read more
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