30 Sep 2011
John M. J.
Yet one will always wonder, as Harvey Sachs did in his book 'Music in Fascist Italy', just how much the acquiescence of such composers as Respighi and Casella (he of the beautiful Harp Sonata, Opus 68) affected the music they wrote. In the same way Sachs also asked how much the music of the completely apolitical, like the conductor and composer Victor de Sabata, was affected by the very presence of Fascism in their lives.
That music reflects the internal and external worlds of the composer is highly probable. The question is: by how much and in what ways?