Music and Politics
November 22, 2012
Richard Wagner was an opera composer and an active anti-Semite.
Puff the Magic Dragon was banned in Thailand.
The Bare Naked Ladies were not allowed to perform at Nathan Philips Square because of
their offensive name.
Political bodies are “threatened” when there are celebrities with a following that have their
own opinions and are very influential.
Religion and Politics
Council of Trent
Discussed why people were leaving the Catholic church
Got rid of thousands of compositions because they believed that music in service
was turning people away
Music can be propaganda in that you sing words which are put in to your mouth over and
Johann Hermann Schein, “Frischauf, ihr LKloseterbrüder mein”, Diletti Pastorali (1626)
Johann Hermann Schein was a Lutheran composer
You had to have a patent to do opera
o A permission or monopoly on opera
When Lully got the patent, he shut down performances of all other composer’s
During this time, conducting was done with a large staff that was banged on the floor to
keep the beat.
Jean-Baptiste Lully, “Ouverture”, Ballet de Xerxès (1660)
Lully’s operas were propaganda for the glory of the king In London, Italian opera