Political Classical Music: Repertory

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This is the disc and the pianist who started me on this project.

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.


1901


1902


1903


1910

  • Smyth, Ethel          The March of the Women (song with accompaniment)

1960

  • Nono, Luigi                     Intolleronza 1960 (opera)

1961


1962


1963


1964


1965

  • Zimmerman, Bernd Alois          Die Soldaten (opera)

1966


1967

  • Stockhausen, Karlheinz          Hymnen (for chorus, tape, orchestra; multiple                                                                      revisions 1969

1968

  • Henze, Hans Werner         Das Floß der Medusa (cantata)
  •                                                Versuch über Schweine (voice and orchestra)

1969


1970

  • Henze, Hans Werner          El Cimarrón

1971

  • Rzewski, Frederic          Coming Together, for speaker and variable ensemble
  • Bernstein, Leonard        Mass, a Theater Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers

1972

  • Rzewski, Frederic          Attica, for speaker and variable ensemble

1973


1974


1975

  • Rzewski, Frederic          The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (solo piano)

1976

  • Henze, Hans Werner          We Come to the River (opera)

1977


1978


2007

  • Rzewski, Frederic               Peace Dances (nanosonatas nos. 22-28 for solo piano)

2008

  • Gann, Kyle                              War Is Just a Racket (speaking pianist)