Simon Wynberg on Music and the Third Reich

Simon Wynberg, the artistic director of Canada’s ARC Ensemble — which performed in Pro Musica Hebraica’s Fall 2008 and Fall 2010 concerts — writes about music under Hitler:

[B]y the end of the war it was impossible to claim that art-music was intrinsically improving or ennobling. Although it might have soothed a mass-murderer’s savage breast, it had also steadied his gun. And if this realization encouraged a more mechanistic, less spiritual appraisal of music’s power, it also raised the possibility that music itself had betrayed society.

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