Music and Killing

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How does one express the horror of killing in music? Shostakovich probably has the closest thing to an answer.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11

There is also quite a literature about how the beauty of music existed alongside the ugliness of killing. The majority of writing on this theme seems to concentrate in discussion of music in Nazi Germany.

Guido Fackler, “Music in Concentration Camps 1933-1945”

Edward B. Westermann, “How the Nazis used music to celebrate and facilitate murder”

Yad Vashem, “The Third Reich: Classical Music and the Nazi Leadership, 1933-1945”

This is a fascinating documentary from German broadcaster DW on the topic.

DW Documentary: Music in Nazi Germany

However, one might also want to include the scene from Apocalypse Now in the page “New Meanings” within this category …

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