Classical music and evil

If you like to watch movies, you may find a phenomenon: classical music is often connected with people like demons. For example, the young man who always has violence in Clockwork Orange is accompanied by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; when the American army bombed a Vietnamese village in Modern Apocalypse, the soundtrack was Wagner’s Flying The Valkyrie. In “This Killer Is Not Too Cold”, the bad policeman must listen to classical music before he does something harmful. Before killing, he would still say: “Do you like Beethoven? Oh, you like Mozart, but his work is too light, I like the passionate composer.” And Hani in “The Silent Lamb” Before pulling out, I will listen to Bach for a while. Classical music was originally sacred and solemn, so why match it with evil characters?

I recently read a book called “Noise Only”, which wrote classical music of the 20th century. The author says that classical music is linked to evil, probably because of the relationship between Nazi Germany and classical music.

The author of the book, Alex Ross, graduated from Harvard University in 1990. He began writing classical music reviews for The New Yorker in 1996, and also commented on the work of many pioneering musicians. He said in the book that Hitler loves music, which is certain. He can “spray” madly in beer halls and military camps and give speeches to confuse the audience. However, he can enter the elegant social circle and obtain the support of the upper class society, relying on music knowledge. When he saw the director of the National Theater of the Weimar Republic, he analyzed Wagner’s opera “Valkyrie” in the conversation, compared different performance versions, and made friends at once.

Hitler worshipped Wagner when he was young. He has said several times on different occasions. The reason why he is in politics is inspired by Wagner’s opera “Li Enji”. In the play “Li Enji”, the original version took 6 hours to play a story about the 14th century Roman protector Li Enzi. Li Enji opposed the Roman aristocracy and promised freedom to the Roman citizens. However, after ruling, he was misunderstood and killed by the citizens. He was a tragic politician. Hitler put his own political ideas on such an opera, and there was an aesthetic justification. In the 1920s, German inflation was severe, and people had to repay the “World War I” indemnities. The people lived in misery. However, the Nazi Party is not a political party of the people at the bottom. The Nazi Party is fighting for the votes of small city owners and the middle class. Hitler said that he likes opera and is good for drawing votes.

In some speeches in the late 1920s, Hitler often talked about culture. He said that one of the manifestations of Germany’s decline is that people are increasingly ignorant of the great music tradition. Only 200,000 people know Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner, and even less know Bruckner. He requested that the newly built opera house have 3000 seats. In 1933, when he played Wagner’s opera in Nuremberg and the opera house was empty, Hitler ordered the patrol to the nearby beer hall and called all Nazi party members to the show. In 1938, at an opera performance at the Nazi Congress, there were fewer people present, and Hitler gave an order to find the audience to fill the seats.

However, Hitler’s music taste is still good. He said in his speech that it is absolutely impossible to express the world view with music, and it is even more nonsense to express the interests of the Nazi Party. He said that politics must rise to the height of music, not the other way around. Music serves politics. Politics has risen to the height of music, so the Nazi politics have echoed classical music from the beginning. For example, the rally atmosphere of the Nazi Party is in harmony with the music of Beethoven, Bruckner, and Wagner, as if the music was written for the rally of the Nazi Party. In 1933, the Bayreuth Festival was a musical event dedicated to Wagner’s operas. Hitler issued instructions that the audience should not sing the SS song “Flag High” or show other patriotic gestures because of the master’s Immortality is an art classic that transcends history.

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