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First Name
Martha
Last Name
Sprigge
Affiliation
University of California, Santa Barbara
Website URL
http://music.ucsb.edu/people/martha-sprigge
Keywords
music, mourning, commemoration, trauma, music in the Cold War.
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About Me

I am an assistant professor of musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I teach courses on music and politics, trauma, memory studies, and memorial culture (along with the more typical music history surveys). My current work focuses on the role that music plays in mourning and commemorative practices in Europe after World War II, and I’m currently writing a book on musical mourning in the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany). I’ve published essays on memory and tape, the composer Hanns Eisler’s funeral, and have forthcoming essays on musical responses to the Dresden Firebombing (in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association) and antifascist commemorative music in East Germany. I am the 2018–20 chair of the Cold War and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society.

Recent Publications

“Dresden’s Musical Ruins.” Forthcoming in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association Vol. 144, No. 1(2019).

“Hearing the Nazi Past in the German Democratic Republic: Antifascist Fantasies, Acoustic Realities, and Haunted Memories in Georg Katzer’s Aide – Mémoire (1983).” In Dreams of Germany: Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor, edited by Thomas Irvine and Neil Gregor (New York: Berghahn Press, 2019), 249–271.

“Tape Work and Memory Work.” Twentieth-Century Music Vol. 14, No. 1 (2017): 49–63.

“Hanns Eisler’s Funeral and Cultures of Commemoration in the German Democratic Republic.” In Classical Music in the German Democratic Republic: Production and Reception, edited by Kyle Frackman and Larson Powell. Rochester: Camden House, 2015.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
East Germany (GDR)
Expertise by Geography
Germany
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, World War II