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Until the Next Revolution: Can Instrumental Music Be Political?
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 23:49:26 UTC

I became obsessed with the idea that music could change society, composing what I understood at the time to be political works. I followed my instincts, and gave little consideration to the theory behind it all. But eventually questions began to arise, both from others and myself. Some wanted to know how a piece of instrumental music could be political, or why I thought classical music was especially suited for this purpose. Others dismissed the political statements within the works as preaching to the converted, or decried the musicís alleged subjugation to a political message. Is all political music leftist, people asked, or can there be right-wing political music, too? I realized that I simply didnít know the answers to these questions. Complete Article







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