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date: 21 November 2017

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This volume is a collection of thirty in-depth studies of music censorship from the eighth century to the present and covers music ranging from Gregorian chant to eighteenth-century opera to contemporary pop music. It includes studies from every continent and consists of six sections. Section I explores religion both as an object of censorship and as a censoring agent; Section II focuses on the censorship of three iconic operas during the Enlightenment in France and Austria: Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Fidelio; Section III deals with censorship in transitional governments, from nineteenth-century Italy to present-day Taiwan; Section IV examines censorship in totalitarian governments during the twentieth century; Section V discusses censorship in democracies such as the United Kingdom and the United States; and Section VI looks at how censorship intersects with issues of race, gender and sexual orientation.

Keywords: music censorship, music, religion, Enlightenment, transitional governments, totalitarian governments, democracies, race, gender, sexual orientation

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