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Red StrainsMusic and Communism Outside the Communist Bloc$
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Robert Adlington

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265390

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265390.001.0001

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‘Non, je ne regrette rien’

‘Non, je ne regrette rien’

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(p.37) 4 ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’
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Red Strains
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Konrad Boehmer

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265390.003.0004

Konrad Boehmer is the composer of numerous electro-acoustic, stage and instrumental works, a distinguished teacher of composition, music history and theory, and a prodigious writer on music, politics, and society. This chapter recounts his close involvement in the early 1970s with student communist parties in Germany and the Netherlands, and the questions that this involvement raised for his own compositional activities. Whilst the activism of these parties was in many ways naïve and short-sighted, the problems which they sought to address have only become more severe, a situation that today poses almost intractable difficulties for composers wishing to pursue independent and socially meaningful aesthetic production.

Keywords:   Konrad Boehmer, communism, KPD-AO, KEN-ML, Marx, Eisler, Maoism, North Korea, Stockhausen, Netherlands

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