|A typical workday in a Soviet concentration camp ca. 1932|
|A typical workday in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) ca. 1942|
Officers of Hitler's Wermacht and Stalin's Red Army enjoying a friendly smokein celebration of their joint invasion of Poland (1939)
And now lets take a brief look at how history is transformed into "music history":
... in the end [Shostakovich's] art, as it now becomes increasingly clear, remained for many years the only artistic phenomenon ... which actively resisted the totalitarian regime. We can say without exaggeration that dissent was an integral part of this great composer's creative output.
Mark Aranovsky, Muzikalnaya Akademiya 4, 1997, p.3 (translation and italics mine)
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With eloquent cocksuckers like these two never in short supply, soon we will be told that atheism was an integral part of Bach's creative output (with his Passions vividly condemning the mixture of lunacy and cruelty in religion); that Wagner fought antisemitism by exposing its irrationality in his deliberately outlandish antisemitic pamphlets; and that Stalin's vicious 1948 attack on "formalism" in Soviet music was secretly engineered by the CIA...