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Composers of the Nazi Era : Eight Portraits - Michael H. Kater

Composers of the Nazi Era

Eight Portraits

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Published: 1st April 2000
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How does creativity thrive in the face of fascism? How can a highly artistic individual function professionally in so threatening a climate?
Composers of the Nazi Era is the final book in a critically acclaimed trilogy that includes Different Drummers (OUP 1992) and The Twisted Muse (OUP 1997), which won the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize of the Canadian Historical Association. Here, historian Michael H. Kater provides a detailed study of the often interrelated careers of eight prominent German composers who lived and worked amid the dictatorship of the Third Reich, or were driven into exile by it: Werner Egk, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg, and Richard Strauss. Kater weighs issues of accommodation and resistance to ask whether these artists corrupted themselves in the service of a criminal regime--and if so, whether this may be discerned from their music. After chapters discussing the circumstances of each composer individually, Kater concludes with an analysis of the composers' different responses to the Nazi regime and an overview of the sociopolitical background against which they functioned. The final chapter also extends the discussion beyond the end of World War II to examine how the composers reacted to the new and fragile democracy in Germany.

"With this volume, Kater has completed a remarkable trilogy of books about music during the Nazi era....Kater...is rigorous in his attention to detail; his research is up-to-date, and his conclusions are persuasive. This book--indead, the entire trilogy--should be a part of every collection."--Library Journal "Michael Kater's new book, the third and best of his studies of German music during the Third Reich, examines the fortunes, in the Nazi and first postwar years, of eight composers: Werner Egk, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Carl Amadeus Hartmann, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg, and Richard Strauss. Based upon a staggering amount of original research, it is endlessly informative." --Gordon A. Craig, Stanford University "Congratulations to Michael Kater for resisting the usual black-or-white temptation and casting his portraits in a wide, and therefore illuminating, spectrum of greys." --Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley "A judicious, exceptionally informative study of eight composers, who were victims, accomplices, and sometimes both, of the Third Reich." --Peter Paret, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton "With this volume, Kater has completed a remarkable trilogy of books about music during the Nazi era....Kater...is rigorous in his attention to detail; his research is up-to-date, and his conclusions are persuasive. This book--indeed, the entire trilogy--should be a part of every collection."--Library Journal "Michael Kater's new book, the third and best of his studies of German music during the Third Reich, examines the fortunes, in the Nazi and first postwar years, of eight composers: Werner Egk, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Carl Amadeus Hartmann, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg, and Richard Strauss. Based upon a staggering amount of original research, it is endlessly informative." --Gordon A. Craig, Stanford University "A largely successful effort to clarify the motives and behaviors of some representative men during a fascinatingly ugly chapter of human history, without appearing to sit in judgment so much as to illuminate various noble, deplorable, and frequently contradictory phenomena of human character....Meticulously documented."--The Washington Post "Congratulations to Michael Kater for resisting the usual black-or-white temptation and casting his portraits in a wide, and therefore illuminating, spectrum of greys." --Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley "A judicious, exceptionally informative study of eight composers, who were victims, accomplices, and sometimes both, of the Third Reich." --Peter Paret, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Preface 1: Werner Egk: The Enigmatic Optimist 2: Paul Hindemith: The Reluctant Emigré 3: Kurt Weill: A Survivor on Two Continents 4: Karl Amadeus Hartmann: The Composer as Dissident 5: Carl Orff: Man of Legend 6: Hans Pfitzner: Magister Teutonicus Miser 7: Arnold Schoenberg: Musician of Contrasts 8: Richard Strauss: Jupiter Compromised Conclusion Notes Index

ISBN: 9780195099249
ISBN-10: 0195099249
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.1  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.72