Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy (California Studies in 20th-Century Music)

Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy (California Studies in 20th-Century Music)


in the course of the chilly warfare, hundreds of thousands of musicians from the U.S. traveled the realm, subsidized by means of the U.S. nation Department’s Cultural displays software. Performances of song in lots of styles—classical, rock ’n’ roll, folks, blues, and jazz—competed with these by way of touring Soviet and mainland chinese language artists, bettering the status of yankee tradition. those live shows provided audiences worldwide facts of America’s enhancing race kinfolk, very good musicianship, and generosity towards different peoples. via own contacts and the media, musical international relations additionally created sophisticated musical, social, and political relationships on an international scale. even if born of state-sponsored excursions usually conceived as propaganda ventures, those relationships have been in themselves nice diplomatic achievements and constituted the essence of America’s gentle energy. utilizing archival records and newly accumulated oral histories, Danielle Fosler-Lussier indicates that musical international relations had enormously diversified meanings for its numerous individuals, together with govt officers, musicians, live performance promoters, and audiences. in the course of the tales of musicians from Louis Armstrong and Marian Anderson to orchestras and school choirs, Fosler-Lussier deftly explores the price and effects of “musical diplomacy.”

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