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Concert programs, ideology and the search for subjectivity in National Socialist Germany

Concert programs, ideology and the search for subjectivity in National Socialist Germany
Concert programs, ideology and the search for subjectivity in National Socialist Germany
This essay takes an unremarkable, quotidian genre of text - concert programs, issued by symphony orchestras for their audiences - as a way of exploring how the material, visual and textual culture of everyday life in Nazi Germany changed. it registers that palpable stylistic shifts worked to reposition both the music and the act of concert-going within the newly emergent National Socialist cultural cosmos, but argues that it is impossible to read changes in audience subjectivity from the mere fact of those changes. Rather, it suggests that listening carefully for the voices of the many actors who produced these multi-authored texts, and thinking about how they evolved after 1933, is where the evolving subjectivity of German citizens under National Socialism may be traced.
Nazism, Media, music, Propaganda
Gregor, Neil
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Gregor, Neil
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Gregor, Neil (2023) Concert programs, ideology and the search for subjectivity in National Socialist Germany. European Studies Centre Weizsäcker Conference 2018, Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom. 24 - 25 May 2018. (In Press)

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This essay takes an unremarkable, quotidian genre of text - concert programs, issued by symphony orchestras for their audiences - as a way of exploring how the material, visual and textual culture of everyday life in Nazi Germany changed. it registers that palpable stylistic shifts worked to reposition both the music and the act of concert-going within the newly emergent National Socialist cultural cosmos, but argues that it is impossible to read changes in audience subjectivity from the mere fact of those changes. Rather, it suggests that listening carefully for the voices of the many actors who produced these multi-authored texts, and thinking about how they evolved after 1933, is where the evolving subjectivity of German citizens under National Socialism may be traced.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2023
Venue - Dates: European Studies Centre Weizsäcker Conference 2018, Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2018-05-24 - 2018-05-25
Keywords: Nazism, Media, music, Propaganda

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Local EPrints ID: 472211
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/472211
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Date deposited: 29 Nov 2022 17:41
Last modified: 23 Jan 2023 17:42

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