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Brahms & The Great Depression

During one of the most chaotic moments of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration sponsored a Brahms festival in New York City.

The performances were delayed by massive demonstrations as writers, artists and musicians protested cuts in federal funds for arts projects.

While researching the Federal Writers Project, I assembled a free Spotify playlist collecting the Brahms music played at the festival—two hours of lonesome, gorgeous and seldom-heard music from the great composer.

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