A censorship row is brewing in New York after the New York Youth Symphony announced it would not be performing a piece commissioned through its own young composer competition, after being alerted to the work’s quotation of a Nazi anthem. The composer, 21-year-old Jonas Tarm, has expressed his disappointment at the decision, saying the work was dedicated to ‘victims who have suffered from cruelty and hatred of war, totalitarianism, polarizing nationalism’.

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  1. Vladimir Gurevich

    Somehow the Russian Tsar Alexander II and his censors didn’t mind Tchaikovsky including extensive quotes from French National Anthem (La Marseillaise) in the 1812 Overture (celebrating Russian victory over Napoleon and French Army).

    I guess they were smarter than some people living in the 21st century.

  2. Love it, Vladimir! Thanks for the comment. 🙂