Erik Levi – Music – A Seductive Weapon in Political Diplomacy

Event Date: 25 February 2014

Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

The Department of Music at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Inaugural Lecture

Professor Erik Levi (RHUL) – Music – A Seductive Weapon in Political Diplomacy

Few 20th century regimes utilised music more effectively as an instrument of propaganda than the Third Reich. Erik Levi explores the Nazi efforts to indoctrinate its European neighbours through the activities of the International Society for Co-operation amongst Composers – a shadowy organisation headed by Richard Strauss. Particular attention will be focused on the policy of musical exchange undertaken with Britain during the 1930s and Spain during the 1940s, both programmes designed to soften up public opinion in favour of the Nazis.

Introduction by Professor Katie Normington (Vice Principal (Staffing) and Dean of Arts & Social Science):

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Lecture:

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Vote of Thanks by Professor David Charlton (RHUL) :

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