The Musical Politics of 1920’s Berlin
“Kurt Weill has been a huge influence on my own composition: his ability to incorporate vernacular style and be pop-y and dance-y yet really grandly integrated and aesthetically complex. The accessibility of his work was neither a sacrifice nor a cop-out, just brilliant and enjoyable. And,” Dylan laughs. “That’s what we’re all trying for really.”
Dylan, also a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, is a talented musician and composer in addition to being a thoughtful and articulate writer. An engaging 200-page magnum opus, Dylan’s thesis crosses disciplines (musicology, history, political philosophy), inviting a multi-angle view of the art and politics of Weimar-era Berlin and providing a dynamic case study through which to consider lasting questions of art’s relationship to power.