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- DescriptionBetween 1850 and 1910, the United States was a rising star in the international arena, and several European nations sought to strengthen their ties to the republic through cultural means. France capitalized on its art, Britain on its social ties and literature, and Germany promoted classical music. Sound Diplomacy retraces these efforts to export culture as an instrument of ngovernmental diplomacy, paying particular attention to the role of conductors. Delving into a treasure trove of archives that document cross-cultural interactions between America and Germany, Jessica Giew-Hecht uncovers the remarkable history of the musician as a cultural symbol of German cosmopolitanism. Seen as sexually attractive and emotionally expressive, German players and conductors acted as an army of informal ambassadors for their home country, and Giew-Hecht argues that their popularity in the United States paved the way for an emotional elective affinity that survived broken treaties and several wars and continues to the present.
- Author BiographyJessica Gienow-Hecht is a Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council teaching at the University of Frankfurt and the author of Transmission Impossible: American Journalism as Cultural Diplomacy in Postwar Germany, 1945-1955.
- Author(s)Jessica Gienow-Hecht
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication03/07/2009
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note24 halftones, 6 line drawings
- Weight635 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
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