Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"Revolutionary " Music

Ernst Busch was a famous composer of communist revolutionary composer in Germany who lived from 1885 to 1945. He is most famous for his collaborations with Bertolt Brecht and Hans Eisler. He he is famed for a haunting song "die Moorsoldaten,or "The Peat Bog Soldiers, which originated among political detainees in a concentration camp (Borgermoor) near the Dutch- German border.
In this post, I am presenting a song which shows a darker side of the Ernst Busch repertoire. It is titled "Socialist World Republic",and is chillingly evocative of Nazi musical styles. Indeed, Hermann Goering, the Nazi Propaganda minister, expressed his dismay that he did not have the prodigious talent of Ernst Busch at the disposal of the Nazi cause. I realise that my pointing out the stylistic similarities between nazi and communist music could well be construed as a political statement. Although this suggestion might have been considered sacrilegious in the early thirties when this song was recorded, the treaty of Soviet German friendship signed in 1939 by the USSR and Nazi Germany makes such a comparison completely reasonable. I am presenting the video for you to judge yourself. Please click on the link at the bottom of this post to view this video, which comes with English subtitles. Sphere: Related Content

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