Until now, the subject of Nazi cultural policy and its effect upon German musical life has been relatively ignored. The reasons are obvious: there have been international repu tations to protect, and there has been a general reluctance to endanger the high regard in which German musical life has been held for two hundred and more years. But recently a German musicologist has published a book that attempts to correct this historical amnesia. In Musik im NS-Staat,[1] Fred K. Prieberg has brought into focus both the methods and the results of the Nazis’ attempt to wed music to totalitarian politics.

Prieberg, who is the author of several publications dealing with the theme of Musikpolitik, is no stranger to the consideration of musical life under totalitarianism. Among his past works are studies entitled Musik in der Sowjetunion (1965)...

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