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Defining DeutschtumPolitical Ideology, German Identity, and Music-Critical Discourse in Liberal Vienna$
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David Brodbeck

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362707.001.0001

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Language Ordinances, Nationalbesitzstand, and Dvořák’s Reception in the Taaffe Era

Language Ordinances, Nationalbesitzstand, and Dvořák’s Reception in the Taaffe Era

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(p.143) Chapter Five Language Ordinances, Nationalbesitzstand, and Dvořák’s Reception in the Taaffe Era
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Defining Deutschtum
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David Brodbeck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362707.003.0010

Chapter 5 considers the reception of Czech music in Vienna during the 1880s,especially that of Dvořák. The generally muted music-critical support for Dvořák’s music is viewed against the backdrop of minister-president Eduard von Taaffe’s pro-Slavic policies. These included languages ordinances that threatened traditional German prerogatives in Bohemia and Moravia and hastened the development of a German nationalism—with an emphasis on protecting Nationalbesitzstand (national property)—that diverged from the more traditional German liberalism of Hanslick. This divergence is seen especially clearly in the writings of Hanslick in the liberal nationalist Neue Freie Presse and Theodor Helm in the national liberal Deutsche Zeitung. The chapter is supported by documents found in the archive of the Vienna Philharmonic, which provide an inside look at how political tensions between Germans and Czechs affected the orchestra’s own internal programming decisions.

Keywords:   Eduard von Taaffe, Stremayr Ordinances, Deutsche Zeitung, Nationalbesitzstand, National property, Vienna Philharmonic

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