No 6 Songs that change the world?

Sat 10th June 2017  »  11:00 am
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum

Panel discussion (in German): »Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott« is a hymn from the Reformation that has remained a part of the standard repertory of hymns of Protestant services to this day. But not only the Reformation had its special songs: every social and political movement has always had its anthem. Virtually every country sums up its understanding of itself as a nation in a song or anthem that stands as a symbol for belonging and inner unity, but also a fence between itself and the outside.

No one disputes the effect that music has on our minds and bodies; much research is also being done into the subject. But what is so special about these songs, about the unique combination of the melody, rhythm, harmony and words? Can songs really change the world, or do they just help those who want to change the world? Can a song convince us of something, get us militating or even make us do things we don’t want to do? What do we find so fascinating about songs and singing, and what differentiates a song from a poem?

Judith Holofernes, Hans-Eckardt Wenzel, Michael Custodis, Reinhard Bärenz (presentation)

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