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DOING RESEARCH IN LAW AND MUSIC
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Law and societal regulations are a very common theme in vocal music. Many operas, such as Un Ballo en Maschera (A Masked Ball) tell stories of murder; in the case of Ballo, the opera is based on the real-life assassination of a king of Sweden. Because of the politically charged subject matter, the opera itself has often been censored. One version is set in 17th century Massachusetts rather than in the more historically accurate Sweden.
Pirates and piracy are also a popular theme: witness Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, as is criminal law (Billy Budd by Benjamin Britten, based on the short novel by Herman Melville).
Sketches by W. S. Gilbert
RESOURCES FOR DOING RESEARCH IN LAW AND MUSIC
Gilbert and Sullivan
Medieval and Renaissance Music Websites
A. Human Rights and Music
Collingridge, Caroline, European Round Table on Human Rights and Cultural Policies in a Changing Europe
Society for Ethnomusicology: Announcement of the First World Conference on Music and Censorship
Music with Human Rights and/or Legal Themes