“This is not a book about Nazis but about the composers who were lost, and the musical trends they established before being banned, murdered and exiled. It also examines the tragic postwar developments… Continue reading
At the Southbank Centre this weekend it’s all about Berlin… the very city in which many of the composers featured in Michael Haas’s Forbidden Music flourished before having their work proscribed.
“The cautious mood at the end of the war in 1918 would start to produce new creative drives towards what a younger generation hoped might become a musical utopia that would rise from… Continue reading
“Modern Music is in a difficult situation in today’s Germany. The few who have held their ground are battling against a majority whose enthusiasm is matched by their lack of theoretical substance. Neither… Continue reading
For more information about Michael Haas and his work you can visit his homepage.
Michael Haas’s book draws extensively from contemporary newspaper sources, not least Vienna’s Neue Freie Presse, which is available online via the Austrian National Library.
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… Continue reading