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When National Socialism arrived in Germany in 1933, Jews were dominating music more than virtually any other sector, making it the most important cultural front in the Nazi fight for German identity. The party's policy on music brought about a cultural holocaust, with far-reaching consequences for the history and development of music during the twentieth century. The conventioanl view is that the Third Reich's rejection of atonality was an act of anti-semitism. Yet although Jewish musicians and composers were responsible for countless original ideas applied to both the popular and serious music of the day, as well as becoming the experimenters who would represent the starting point of the century's most daring avant-garde, they were also by 1933 almost uniquely the principal conveyors of Germany's historic traditions and the ideals of German culture. The isolation, exile and persecution of Austro-German Jewish musicians by the Nazis became an act of musical self-mutilation. Michael Haas looks at the actual contribution of Jewish composers in Germany and Austria before 1933, at their increasingly precarious position between then and 1939, at the forced emigration of composers and performers before and during the war, and at the emaciated post-war musical life of Germany and Austria, while many of the exiled composers and musicians flourished in Britian, the United States, and elsewhere.
"A tragic and epic story that Haas relates so magisterially well that this book will probably remain definitive on its subject for the foreseeable future."-Booklist, starred review Booklist "A valuable compendium of untold stories, a corrective to standard histories of music and an essential reference point for anyone engaged in the culture and politics of the twentieth century."-Norman Lebrecht, Wall Street Journal -- Norman Lebrecht Wall Street Journal "An outstandingly fine piece of work."-Terry Teachout, Commentary -- Terry Teachout Commentary "A richly detailed history of Jewish musicians."-Kirkus Kirkus Reviews "[T]his compelling exploration of the role Jewish musicians and composers played in the cultural life of the Prussian and Austro-Hungarian Empire... is rich in unexpected facts and quotes... Its greatest virtue is the unearthing of composers, critics, conductors and musicians destined for obscurity. Haas makes a pleasingly detailed argument for honouring a treasure trove to which the development of Western music owes a considerable debt."-Rebecca K Morrison, The Independent -- Rebecca K. Morrison Independent "This is a big and important book...that really must be read by anyone with even a passing interest in the music of this period. One closes it with a mixture of astonishment and admiration."-Peter Franklin, Opera Magazine -- Peter Franklin Opera Magazine Winner in the 2014 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence for the best historical Research in Classical Music category. -- ARSC Awards for Excellence Association for Recorded Sound Collections "Michael Haas makes [his] case powerfully in his important book."-James Loeffler, The New Republic -- James Loeffler The New Republic
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 2nd April 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 17.2 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.77