The expression light muse is derived from the mythological muses , specifically from the nine Greek goddesses of the arts. He points out that at least parts of the entertaining stage and film performances also belong to the arts, while the distinction between serious, popular and F music is generally assumed to have a shallow basic tone.
As with most colloquial terms, there is no clear definition of the term light muse . Some authors limit its importance to the field of operetta. Bernard Grün wrote his cultural history of operetta , which has become a standard work, under the title Leichte Muse . Others take the term wider. So published Volker Kühn an audiobook CD under the title: From light entertainment in difficult times - entertainment and cabaret in the Third Reich . Arthur Maria Rabenalt made a film in 1940 under the title Leichte Muse . It is about a composer (played by Willy Fritsch ) who stands out because of his success with popular music that he comes into conflict with his wife and friends. The music for this film comes from Walter Kollo , an operetta composer.
- Bernard Grun: The light muse. Cultural history of the operetta. Munich, Langen-Müller 1961
- Howled with the wolves - Hitler and the artists. CD: From light muse in difficult times - entertainment and cabaret in the Third Reich. Audiobook, Duo-Phon Records 2006
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