Music and Propaganda in the Short Twentieth Century

edited by Massimiliano Sala, Turnhout, Brepols, 2014 (Speculum Musicae, 22), pp. xii+472, ISBN 978-2-503-55246-0.


This volume investigates the relationships between music and propaganda in the twentieth-century. Music can be utilised to attribute and ascribe multivalent meanings. Due to its great evocative power it has often been directly exploited by regimes and governments.

In what ways does music convey the messages of propaganda? Which are the political and economical implications behind musical propaganda? Much has been written about the relationship between music and propaganda during the two world wars, but the post-war dimensions of the topic also require investigation.

The authors featured in this volume are: M. I. Cabrera García, P. Christiansen, P. F. de Castro, L. Duraković, F. J. Fernández Vicedo, M. Fornaro Bordolli, D. Gangale, G. Gan Quesada, L. J. Hansen, E. Levi, S. Majer-Bobetko, H. Marinho, L. Martin-Chevalier, M. B. Martínez del Fresno, V. Mikić, P. Ordóñez Eslava, J. J. Pastor Comín, B. Pérez Castillo, G. Pérez Zalduondo, V. Radoman, C. Schutte, L. R. Semmes, H. Šišková, A. Stimie, W. Studdert, A. Tuchowski, H. Vandervlist, B. Vega Pichaco, L. Velasco Pufleau.

Massimiliano Sala is currently Vice President of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini and President of the Italian Institute of Applied Musicology. Graduated in musicology from the University of Pavia (Italy), he received a M.Mus in piano from the Conservatory of Cesena. He is President of the Italian National Edition of Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s Complete Works, and member of the Board of the Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s Complete Works (Secretary Treasurer) and the Italian National Edition of Luigi Boccherini’s Complete Works. He is also a founder of Ad Parnassum. A Journal on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental MusicGeneral Editor of the series ‘Contemporary Composers’, ‘Music, Science and Technology’ (Brepols Publishers) and Quaderni Clementiani (Ut Orpheus Edizioni), and member of the editorial committee of the series Boccherini Studies (Ut Orpheus Edizioni), His publications include books, critical editions, journal articles and book chapters on eighteenth- to twentieth-centuries music, dictionary entries for Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 2 and Oxford Bibliographies Online (OUP).

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