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After the Play: Degenerate, Forbidden, Suppressed: Music and Otherness in Fascist Europe

This course was offered in Fall, 2014.

Meow Meow The fall, the Berkeley Rep presents An Audience with Meow Meow, about an international singing sensation and uber-award winning comedienne. Lehrhaus offers this workshop exploring the music as a "degenerate" art form. The attitudes displayed by European fascist regimes (especially Italy, Germany, and Vichy France, from the early 1920's to the end of WW2) towards musical cultures of the "other" — including Jewish, Romani, North African, and African American music, as well as cabaret and popular song — ranged from unambiguous condemnation and suppression, to more nuanced tolerance and even inclusion. This class will examine Fascist rules about music, examples including Brecht and Weill's musical theater, Django Reinhardt's "Gypsy Jazz," Italian adaptation of American blues and jazz, and traditional music in colonial North Africa, exploring myths and facts about music history in the early 20th century.

Photo: Magnus Hastings


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesday, September 17
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Sep 17 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Lehrhaus Francesco Spagnolo


Lehrhaus Judaica

828 San Pablo Ave.

Suite 105

Albany, CA 94706



Francesco Spagnolo

Francesco SpagnoloFrancesco Spagnolo (Ph.D. Hebrew University 2007) is a multidisciplinary scholar focusing on Jewish studies and music and digital media. He is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and a Lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a host for the cultural programs of Italian National Radio (RAI) in Rome.