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Paul Dessau and the hard work of socialist music in the German Democratic Republic. / Brady, Martin.

In: Twentieth-Century Music, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.02.2019, p. 51-66.

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Brady, M 2019, 'Paul Dessau and the hard work of socialist music in the German Democratic Republic', Twentieth-Century Music, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 51-66. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478572219000094

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Brady, M. (2019). Paul Dessau and the hard work of socialist music in the German Democratic Republic. Twentieth-Century Music, 16(1), 51-66. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478572219000094

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Brady M. Paul Dessau and the hard work of socialist music in the German Democratic Republic. Twentieth-Century Music. 2019 Feb 1;16(1):51-66. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478572219000094

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Brady, Martin. / Paul Dessau and the hard work of socialist music in the German Democratic Republic. In: Twentieth-Century Music. 2019 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 51-66.

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