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Subject: On the Carmina Burana
From: Robert Thomson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Robert Thomson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:49:54 -0800

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Re. Estelle's negative opinion of Carmina Burana I have to say I see it 
very differently.

It has power, mystery, charisma, urgency, sudden and dramatic changes in 

and tempo, and I don't know what all.  However one describes it, it is

like no other music that I have ever heard. You only have to hear a few 
bars to know

what's playing. Parts of it seem to me (and this is hard to explain) 
Nazi, definitely Nazi.

I can imagine a Nazi torchlight rally with this strange music playing in 
the background.

And, no, I am not a Nazi, thank you very much but I do believe we have 
to look

movements like Nazi-ism square in the eye and try to understand what the 

must have been. It's a dark kind of attraction, of course, and one sees 
a similar

kind of attraction, I do believe, in the fascination which many people 
these days still

have with guns and weapons of destruction.

Robert Thomson (

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