Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 April 2021

376 Pages | 25 figures and 40 music examples

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780197546321

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Socialist Laments

Musical Mourning in the German Democratic Republic

Author Martha Sprigge

New Cultural History of Music

  • Presents a history of musical mourning in East Germany by examining a vast but understudied repertoire of commemorative works
  • Develops a model of musical mourning that draws on recent work in memory studies, combining psychological and site-based approaches to remembrance
  • Draws on extensive archival research in Dresden and Berlin, including sources from composers' sketches, bureaucratic reports, cultural debates, and event protocols