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Fascist DirectiveEzra Pound and Italian Cultural Nationalism$
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Catherine E. Paul

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954057

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781942954057.001.0001

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The Fascist Cultural Nationalism of the Vivaldi Revival

The Fascist Cultural Nationalism of the Vivaldi Revival

(p.159) Chapter 5 The Fascist Cultural Nationalism of the Vivaldi Revival
Fascist Directive

Catherine E. Paul

Liverpool University Press

Since Pound could not participate in these national projects, he devised a cultural nationalist project of his own. Chapter Five shows Pound acting the cultural administrator, albeit on a very local, self-driven project, the revival of the music of Antonio Vivaldi. Pound saw this work as both enriching the culture of his adopted home Rapallo and offering a musical model for the mining of Italy’s rich cultural heritage in service of modern nationalist culture. Where his earlier work with cultural artifacts had remained in the realm of the aesthetic, here he adopts an explicitly political objective. His collaborative work with Olga Rudge and Gerhart Münch (and sometimes with Italian composer Alfredo Casella) toward bringing the largely forgotten music of Vivaldi to modern listeners was usually framed in a distinctly fascist cultural rhetoric. This chapter uses new archival evidence—including scores, clippings, letters, and pamphlets—to demonstrate both Pound’s use of fascist rhetoric in this endeavor and his involvement in the actual music of the revival (something previous scholars have denied).

Keywords:   Antonio Vivaldi, music, Olga Rudge, Alfredo Casella, Gerhart Münch, Studi Tigulliani, cultural administration

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