Interesting, that this week’s episode of the public radio show To the Best of our Knowledge would be about how music is informed by (and informs) social and political revolution. This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, and Germany’s reunification.
Soundtrack to War and Peace is a thoughtful investigation into everything from the horror of war in the West African nations of Sierra Leone, and Benin – to Napoleon’s invasion of Beethoven’s Vienna, and the expulsion of Jews from 15th-century Spain.
Music is surpsisingly the biggest, but not the only, uniting factor in all of the explorations in the hour. Absolutely fascinating. Give yourself an hour to listen to this, it’s worth it.