Monthly Archive: May, 2014

Conchita’s Victory – why it’s significant

Being in Austria just as Conchita Wurst wins the Eurovision Song Contest throws up any number of issues. I didn’t watch – in fact, I have never watched a Euro-Vision song contest –… Continue reading

Ursula Mamlok

There are still a small number of composers who were born to Jewish families in Germany and Austria in the 1920s, who escaped and came to musical maturity in new homelands. Walter Arlen… Continue reading

‘Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel’ – Samuel Johnson

In survey after survey, Austria follows the UK as the most euro-sceptic of all EU members, yet here in Vienna, the euro-elections have a dynamism that is unimaginable in Britain: there are television… Continue reading

Review of ‘Forbidden Music’ in the Times Literary Supplement

Sadly, for copyright reasons, I can’t upload the TLS review of ‘Forbidden Music’ to Facebook. But I can report that in an article entitled ‘By Authors Unknown’, Stephen Brown reviews three books along… Continue reading

Walter Wurzburger

I’ve added another poster for a second centenary concert for Walter Wurzburger – the first concert poster can be seen below. A fascinating forgotten voice celebrates a centenary: Walter Wurzburger – or, as he must… Continue reading