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Journal Articles 20 & 21. Revue d'histoire Year : 2022

Music under political control

Lilian Mathieu


A concert is at once a social, cultural, aesthetic, and political event, but in times of war, it is politics that sets the tone. This is made clear in Lilian Mathieu’s account of a concert held in Lyon on May 18, 1942. For Germany, the concert by the Berlin Philharmonic was intended to symbolize German superiority; for the Vichy regime, it was a question of toeing the line without sacrificing its dignity; and for the public at large, the event was an opportunity to show either their support or opposition for the Vichy regime.
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hal-04091446 , version 1 (08-05-2023)



Lilian Mathieu. Music under political control: The Berlin Philharmonic concert in Lyon on May 18, 1942. 20 & 21. Revue d'histoire, 2022, N° 154 (2), pp.75-90. ⟨10.3917/vin.154.0075⟩. ⟨hal-04091446⟩
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