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By Joanna Bullivant

the 1st significant research of Alan Bush, this ebook presents new views on twentieth-century song and communism. British communist, composer of politicised works, and pal of Soviet musicians, Bush proved to be 'a lightning rod' within the nationwide musical tradition. His radical imaginative and prescient for British track caused severe reflections on aesthetics and the rights of artists to personal political beliefs, in addition to influencing the improvement of state-sponsored song making in East Germany. Rejecting past characterisations of Bush as political and musical different, Joanna Bullivant strains his aesthetic undertaking from its origins within the Twenties to its cave in within the Nineteen Seventies, incorporating dialogue of modernism, political music, track conception, opera, and Bush's reaction to the Soviet song drawback of 1948. Drawing on a wealth of archival assets, together with lately published files from MI5, this ebook constructs new views at the 'cultural chilly struggle' during the lens of the person artist.

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