Protest Music in the Twentieth Century


edited by Roberto Illiano, Turnhout, Brepols, 2015 (Music, Criticism & Politics, 1), pp. xiv+418, isbn 978-2-503-56628-3. 

The subject of this monograph is protest music and ‘dissident’ composers and musicians during the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the forms with which dissent may be expressed in music and the ways composers and performers have adopted stances on political and social dissent. In the present volume, articles by scholars of different nationalities explore not only the way in which protest music is articulated in artistic-cultural discourse and the political matter, but also the role it played in situations of mutual benefit. Moreover, the phenomenon of dissent has been investigated within the contexts of musical historiography and criticism, approaching the topic from historical, sociological and philosophical points.

The Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Marie Bennett, John Cox, Christine Dysers, Marita Fornaro Bordolli, Mara Favoretto, Germán Gan Quesada, James Garratt, Stefano Gavagnin, Andrew S. Kohler, Russ Manitt, Henrik Marstal, Upa Mesbahian, Santiago Niño Morales, James O’Leary, Roger W. H. Savage, Giuseppe Sergi, Tatevik Shakhkulyan, Kara Stewart Meredith, Joe Stroud, David Thurmaier, Jessica Winterson.

Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

General Secretary of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca), RobeRto illiano is President of the Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s Complete Works. He is Secretary Treasurer of the Italian National Editions of Luigi Boccherini’s and Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s Complete Works and founding co-editor of Ad Parnassum Journal (Ut Orpheus Edizioni). He has published a variety of writing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, and has edited the volumes Muzio Clementi. Studies and Prospects (with L.L. and M. Sala, 2002), Italian Music during the Fascist Period (2004), Music and Dictatorship in Europe and Latin America (with M. Sala, 2009), Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution (with L.L. Sala, 2010), Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812): A Bohemian Composer «en voyage» through Europe, (with R. H. Stewart-MacDonald, 2012), VIVA V.E.R.D.I.: Music from Risorgimento to the Uni cation of Italy (2013), Orchestral Conducting in the Nineteenth Century (with M. Niccolai, 2014), Protest Music in the Twentieth Century (2015). He is contributing the articles on ‘Muzio Clementi’ and ‘Music and Italian Fascism’ for Oxford Bibliographies Online (OUP).


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