Music’s Limits: The Early Years of the Barenboim–Said Foundation (2003–2009)

  • Rachel Beckles Willson
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


The longstanding conflict between Palestinians and Israelis provides a partial backdrop for Beckles Willson’s critical reflection on the early years of the Barenboim Said Foundation (2003–2009). Based upon extensive field work, Beckles Willson explores the tension between what music can represent and what it embodies, with particular reference to the ostensibly bridge-building West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Daniel Barenboim. By drawing out the tension between “representation and embodiment,” she shows how widely publicized musical peacebuilding initiatives may have less value at the grass roots level than initially perceived, partly because peacebuilders may well import their own reconciliation processes without acknowledging their dangers.


Palestinian Israeli Conflict Barenboim Music Orchestra 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel Beckles Willson
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  1. 1.University of LondonLondonUK

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