The Nazis and J.S. Bach

21

March
2011

An exhibit at the Bachhaus in Eisenach, Germany, delves into the prominence that Johann Sebastian Bach‘s music had during the Third Reich.

Visitors entering the show are confronted with an irritating cacophony of the composer’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 interspersed with the staccato voice of chief Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels coming from a documentary playing in the gallery.

Bach’s pieces were performed by members of the Hitler Youth and played almost daily on the radio. In 1935, festivals were organized in several cities across Germany to mark the composer’s 250th birthday, peaking in the “Reich Bach Festival” in Leipzig, attended by Goebbels and Adolf Hitler himself.

More: Bach overtakes Wagner as Nazi’s most revered composer (Haaretz)

Bachhaus Eisenach (photo: Bachhaus/nestlers.com)

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