Politics and music

Jay Nordlinger
writes on their sometimes tendentious relationship.

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2 comments

  1. James Russell

    Interesting, though slightly puzzling.
    The composer Dmitri Kabalevsky was a terrible enforcer for the Soviet state. But his music — existing above the world of politics or criminality — may be enjoyed as music, with no political taint.
    I’m presuming, since he doesn’t specify the same for the likes of Karajan, Copland, Robeson et al, that one should not play their music without some awareness of their political beliefs. Why does he grant Kabalevsky an exemption from this sort of informed listening, then?