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Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War

Glenn Watkins


This book investigates the variable roles of the music of the Great War, primarily from the angle of the Entente nations' perceived threat of German hegemony in matters of intellectual and artistic accomplishment—a principal concern not only for Europe but also for the United States. It shows that each nation gave “proof through the night”—ringing evidence during the dark hours of the war—not only of its nationalist resolve in the singing of national airs but also of its power to recall home and hearth on distant battlefields and to reflect upon loss long after the guns had been silenced. It a ... More

Keywords: nationalist music, modernism, Great War, arts institutions, international politics, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, Benjamin Britten

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520231580
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Watkins, author