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Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy$
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Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284135

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284135.001.0001

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Classical Music and the Mediation of Prestige

Classical Music and the Mediation of Prestige

(p.23) 1 Classical Music and the Mediation of Prestige
Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

University of California Press

Classical music helped the State Department reach a variety of audiences worldwide, not least because of the prestige associated with European traditions. The Department sponsored tours by orchestras and chamber music groups. Even though avant-garde art music lacked mass appeal, it attracted elite listeners. Yet classical music was also used more broadly: mixed programs and educational offerings helped wider audiences participate in U.S.-sponsored concerts. When musicians were unknown in the host country, officials used media strategies to convey their importance and ensure audience interest.

Keywords:   classical music, art music, elite, prestige, avant-garde, orchestras, chamber music, European, educational, media

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