Jonathan Rosenberg – Dangerous Melodies


A Juilliard-trained musician and professor of history explores the fascinating entanglement of classical music with American foreign relations.

Dangerous Melodies vividly evokes a time when classical music stood at the center of American life, occupying a prominent place in the nations culture and politics. The work of renowned conductors, instrumentalists, and singers – and the activities of orchestras and opera companies – were intertwined with momentous international events: two world wars, the rise of fascism, and the Cold War.

Jonathan Rosenberg recovers the politics behind classical music, showing how German musicians were dismissed or imprisoned as the countrys music was swept from American auditoriums during World War I – yet, 20 years later, those same compositions could inspire Americans in the fight against Nazism while Russian music was deployed to strengthen the US-Soviet alliance. During the Cold War, Van Cliburns triumph in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow became cause for America to celebrate. In Dangerous Melodies, Rosenberg delves into the singular decades-long relationship of classical music and political ideology in America.

Author: Jonathan Rosenberg
Narrator: Chris Henry Coffey
Duration: 15 hours 55 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2012
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

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How do you write a Ford biography, subtitle it “I invented the modern world,” and never mention The Depression, UAW or the River Rouge Massacre? The narration is excellent. The story of how Ford built the model T and thereby transformed America is fascinating. But if the author could find pages to cover Ford’s pacifism, quixotic attempt to end WW I, antisemitism and devolution into a jealous crank he could have devoted a chapter to inform us about Ford’s role in some of the most consequential events in America’s pre WW II history. He does not and an otherwise five star book gets only two.