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Opera After the Zero Hour: The Problem of Tradition and the Possibility of Renewal in Postwar West Germany

Emily Richmond Pollock

Abstract

Opera after the Zero Hour argues that newly composed opera in West Germany after World War II was a site for the renegotiation of musical traditions during an era in which tradition had become politically fraught. The idea of the “Zero Hour,” which put a rhetorical caesura between National Socialism and postwar occupied and divided Germany, was belied by significant continuities with earlier periods and by repeated efforts at conservative restoration. Opera’s social, aesthetic, and political value systems made it an essential piece of this cultural ethos. Its conservatism was creative and mult ... More

Keywords: opera, West Germany, Stunde Null, conservatism, institutional history, source studies, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190063733
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190063733.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Richmond Pollock, author
Associate Professor, Music and Theater Arts Section, Massachusetts Institute of Technology