Music has the capacity to express what cannot be articulated. More than perhaps any other language, however, music is subject to interpretation; and in the wrong hands, its power can be mobilized toward dangerous ends. Musicians are thus confronted with a difficult choice: to ignore all nonmusical meanings in their art, or to contribute actively and directly to the conversation—for, as pianist Gabriela Montero says, “Music reaches the core of who we are as human beings.” How does music move and incite, and how is it affected by political and social powers? Is it more than an artform? What is the scope and extent of its power? From Germany to Venezuela and the Middle East, luminaries of the music world like Iván Fischer, Daniel Barenboim, and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch—one of the last surviving members of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz—reflect on and share their experiences.
Available through May 31, 2021.