[JPL] Nazi rules for jazz performers

Lois Gilbert jazz at jazzcorner.com
Sun Mar 11 23:59:23 EDT 2012

I wonder if they didn't follow the rules in Bohemia and so it became a
Bohemian Rhapsody
Lois Gilbert
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On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM, Dr. Jazz <drjazz at drjazz.com> wrote:

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> Nazi rules for jazz performers
> By Cory Doctorow at 10:54 pm Saturday, Mar 10
> Famed Czech radical Josef Skvorecky recently died at 87 in his adopted
> land of Canada. In the Atlantic, JJ Gould remembers Skvorecky through his
> memoirs, including a detailed list of the rules for jazz performers during
> the Nazi occupation. The Reich's Gauleiter for the Nazi Protectorate of
> Bohemia and Moravia issued a 10-point regulation that Gould calls "the
> single most remarkable example of 20th-century totalitarian invective
> against jazz."
>    1 Pieces in foxtrot rhythm (so-called swing) are not to exceed 20% of
> the repertoires of light orchestras and dance bands;
>    2 in this so-called jazz type repertoire, preference is to be given to
> compositions in a major key and to lyrics expressing joy in life rather
> than Jewishly gloomy lyrics;
>    3 As to tempo, preference is also to be given to brisk compositions
> over slow ones so-called blues); however, the pace must not exceed a
> certain degree of allegro, commensurate with the Aryan sense of discipline
> and moderation. On no account will Negroid excesses in tempo (so-called hot
> jazz) or in solo performances (so-called breaks) be tolerated;
>    4 so-called jazz compositions may contain at most 10% syncopation; the
> remainder must consist of a natural legato movement devoid of the
> hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the barbarian races and
> conductive to dark instincts alien to the German people (so-called riffs);
>    5 strictly prohibited is the use of instruments alien to the German
> spirit (so-called cowbells, flexatone, brushes, etc.) as well as all mutes
> which turn the noble sound of wind and brass instruments into a
> Jewish-Freemasonic yowl (so-called wa-wa, hat, etc.);
>    6 also prohibited are so-called drum breaks longer than half a bar in
> four-quarter beat (except in stylized military marches);
>    7 the double bass must be played solely with the bow in so-called jazz
> compositions;
>    8 plucking of the strings is prohibited, since it is damaging to the
> instrument and detrimental to Aryan musicality; if a so-called pizzicato
> effect is absolutely desirable for the character of the composition, strict
> care must be taken lest the string be allowed to patter on the sordine,
> which is henceforth forbidden;
>    9 musicians are likewise forbidden to make vocal improvisations
> (so-called scat);
>    10 all light orchestras and dance bands are advised to restrict the use
> of saxophones of all keys and to substitute for them the violin-cello, the
> viola or possibly a suitable folk instrument.
> Josef Skvorecky on the Nazis' Control-Freak Hatred of Jazz (via JWZ)
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