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Music Theater
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Music Theater

There were only a very few voices calling for the cessation of public music-making after the outbreak of the First World War. So music continued to be performed for the duration of the conflict. However, musical institutions and music makers did not remain untouched by the effects of the war, which included the drafting of artists, financial restrictions, the changed character of concert programs and repertoires, and state censorship.

In all belligerent states musicians were drafted or went to the front as volunteers. But conscription also affected te…

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Hebestreit, Oliver, “Music Theater”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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