This page is a work in progress in which I intend to create a list of works which characterize this category. For now I am going to begin in 1901 and create a chronological list of classical music written with the intent of expressing a political opinion. Contributions are welcome and this page is a living document, meaning that it will be updated periodically as I add new works.
I’ve had a long standing interest in classical music written in support of progressive ideals or in protest of the antagonism of such ideals. When I heard an early performance of the works on this disc at Mills College I approached Ms. Cahill to inquire if she knew of any books which discuss this topic. She paused in deep thought, then replied, “I don’t know of any, you should write one.” What follows is one of my efforts to follow her suggestion.
Comments and suggestions are welcomed. This page started July 6, 2019.
- Smyth, Ethel The March of the Women (song with accompaniment)
- Nono, Luigi Intolleronza 1960 (opera)
- Zimmerman, Bernd Alois Die Soldaten (opera)
- Stockhausen, Karlheinz Hymnen (for chorus, tape, orchestra; multiple revisions 1969
- Henze, Hans Werner Das Floß der Medusa (cantata)
- Versuch über Schweine (voice and orchestra)
- Henze, Hans Werner El Cimarrón
- Rzewski, Frederic Coming Together, for speaker and variable ensemble
- Bernstein, Leonard Mass, a Theater Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers
- Rzewski, Frederic Attica, for speaker and variable ensemble
- Rzewski, Frederic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (solo piano)
- Henze, Hans Werner We Come to the River (opera)
- Rzewski, Frederic Peace Dances (nanosonatas nos. 22-28 for solo piano)
- Gann, Kyle War Is Just a Racket (speaking pianist)