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The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays$
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Richard Taruskin

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249776

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249776.001.0001

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Only Time Will Cover the Taint

Only Time Will Cover the Taint

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The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays
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Richard Taruskin

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249776.003.0002

This chapter critically explores the point of view of Israelis who do not want to hear Wagner's music in their concert halls because of his supposedly anti-Semitic views. Richard Wagner's work was exploited by the Nazis to justify their atrocities against Jews. Thus for the Holocaust survivors, their objection to his music is a symbolic act to sanctify the memory of the atrocities. The Israel Philharmonic in deference to the members of its audience has also imposed a self-imposed ban on Wagner's work, because they vocally insist on their right to a Wagner-free existence when other orchestras or musicians perform in front of them. The chapter also refers to the instances of anti-Semitism being associated with various music composers such as Chaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Musorgsky, who are widely listened to in Israel.

Keywords:   Richard Wagner music, Nazis, Israel Philharmonic, Holocaust survivors, anti-Semitism

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