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The Musical Legacy of Wartime France

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 ... More

Keywords: music, Vichy, Resistance, German occupation, Cold War, Second World War, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Duruflé, Igor Stravinsky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275300
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie A. Sprout, author