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“The Fractured Self” – Selected German letters of the Australian-born Violinist Alma Moodie, 1918-1943

The correspondence of one of the most inspiring performers of her day – the muse of many composers and a talent most likely smashed on the rocks of history.

Julius Korngold’s Article on “The Modern” in Music, 1901: Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler

A fascinating examination of “the Modern” in music in 1901 by Julius Korngold, one of the foremost writers and critics in Vienna at the turn of the century.

The Winterberg Puzzle’s Darker and Lighter Shades

Banned first by Hitler, then later by the Sudeten German Music Institute – Hans Winterberg, Theresienstadt survivor and the missing link in Czech music

Exilarte in the time of Covid-19

Despite Covid, the work of the Exilarte Centre carries on – a report on what’s been happening over the past year

Jewish Music Identity and the Crisis of Exile: Part 3 “DAS HOHELIED” AND “THE SONG OF SONGS: A CASE STUDY

This follows parts 1 and 2 in dealing with the crisis of Jewish identity by exile composers. In part 3, we take a case study of two composers as they set “The Song of Solomon”, known by one composer as “Song of Songs” and by the other as “Das Hohelied”.

Jewish Music Identity and the Crisis of Exile: Part 2

In an article in the Los Angeles Times from October 2 1938,Rabbi Jacob Sonderling describes his meeting with Ernst Toch, Boris Morros, the actor Leopold Jessner and the story behind Toch’s setting of the Haggadah in his Cantata of the Bitter Herbs op. 65. Before this, however, Sonderling relates his desire to renew the music of the liturgy in a story that resonates with the idea of the prodigal son:

Jewish Musical Identity and the Crisis of Exile: Part 1

How and in what manner did secular composers thrown out of Europe after 1933 for being Jewish express Jewish identity in music?

On July 31. 2020, The Composer Walter Arlen Turns 100

The composer, former music critic and teacher, Walter Arlen is 100 years old and like any centenarian, he has many stories to tell. Unlike many centenarians, he has lived through more than a… Continue reading

Review of Eva Rieger’s Biography of Frida Leider

A review of Eva Rieger’s excellent biography of the Wagnerian soprano Frida Leider

Musicology and the Music Business – a Personal Journey

By allowing research to re-create the biotope of past creativity, we can increase understanding and appreciation of unfamiliar repertoire among artists and audiences.