Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom Research Presentation: Censored Classical Music – the most dangerous music in the world!

Time for a research presentation! In this short, Dacia explores the history of banned and censored classical music. And you thought classical music was just for elevators and nap time!

Written, produced, and viciously redacted by Dacia Clay.

Music used in this episode includes:

– Gregorian chant by Hildegard von Bingen

– Claude Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Alessandro Scarlatti, La Giuditta

George Gershwin, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess

Dmitri Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Sergei Prokofiev, New Year’s Eve Ball Waltz, from the opera War and Peace

Richard Wagner, “Die Walküre”

– Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 5 in C minor

– Benjamin Britten, Death in Venice


References for this episode include:

Wikipedia Articles

Degenerate Music, Guido of Arezzo, Porgy and Bess

Other Articles

Art of Fear: Composing under Stalin

David Alan Grier Shrugs Off Porgy and Bess Controversy

Degenerate Music

A Guide to Arvo Pärt’s Music

La Dolce Cecilia

‘Porgy and Bess’: Messing With A Classic

Top Five Infamous Bans on Classical Music

Venetian Blind Spot


– Censorship By Frank Caso

– Festa Musicologica: Essays in Honor of George J. Buelow edited by Thomas J. Mathiesen, Benito V. Rivera, George J. Buelow

– Opera’s Orbit: Musical Drama and the Influence of Opera in Arcadian Rome  By Stefanie Tcharos