20th Century History

“Anybody looking for a quiet life has picked the wrong century to born in.”
― Whitaker Chambers

“Do you think loud orgies of luxurious good taste can drown the moans of the tortured earth?…Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths, into every shameful and sorrowful abyss; art is the divine flame that must set fire to the world, until the world with all its infamy and anguish burns and melts away in redeeming compassion!”

– Thomas Mann, “Gladius Dei,” 1902

We’ll spend a good amount of our time this semester listening to music as our primary source. Find more international music from the whole century here: