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Challenging the Modern: Conservative Revolution in German Music, 1918-1933

Nicholas Attfield


This book challenges commonplace conceptions of musical conservatism during Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918–33). Its primary goal is to offer scrutiny of uncritical links often made by musicologists and historians between musical conservatism and cultural-political conservatism of the era, and the accompanying tendentious vocabulary of the ‘anti-modern’. It does so chiefly by means of a critical and nuanced application of the term ‘conservative revolution’, as used in the Weimar era and popularized in its historiography after 1945. The introduction introduces the time-honoured notion of ‘Weima ... More

Keywords: musical conservatism, musical modernism, anti-modernism, Weimar Republic, Weimar culture, conservative revolution, HansPfitzner, Thomas Mann, Anton Bruckner, August Halm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266137
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Attfield, author
Brunel University