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Austria’s War

Regular readers of this page will know that I’ve already written on the unique, but largely ignored position of Austria in the First World War. It has been fascinating to follow reports and… Continue reading

Jews in the ‘Modern State’ of 1875

In August 1875, someone with the initials C.v.W. wrote a leading article in Vienna’s ‘Neue Freie Presse’ entitled ‘Jewry in the Modern State’. This came eight years after the December Constitution of Austria… Continue reading

Eric(h) Zeisl (1905-1959): The One Who (Nearly) Got Away

There is a theory that for every single genius, there are another four or five who somehow escape notice. This is apparently nature’s means of making sure that at least one is able… Continue reading

Hans Gál and his Sacred Duck

The above sound-file is a work from 1916, for women’s chorus and orchestra called Das Bäumlein das andere Blätter hat gewollt. Gál’s op. 2 When preparing material for an exhibition on Hans Gál… Continue reading

The death of Alice Herz-Sommer

Those of us who walked through the streets of London’s Belsize Park/Swiss Cottage neighbourhood could hear her playing every day. She was an institution and her long life meant that she kept memories… Continue reading

The Ethical High Ground?

At the bottom of this post, is a link to a thought-provoking review of Forbidden Music written by professor of musicology at Oxford University’s St. Catherine’s College, Peter Franklin. He appreciates many things… Continue reading

Heinrich Schenker’s Diaries and Letters – a reference

And my third link of the week is this useful (for German readers) reference to Schenker’s diaries and correspondence. If you put in a name, references are instantly brought up – Fascinating and… Continue reading

A website devoted to Friedrich Holländer

Link to Friedrich Holländer Website

Vienna, City of Dreams comes to New York

New York Times Article

The Other Hollywood

Though we often hear of the film composers Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Franz Waxman and other high-profile émigrés who changed the sound of Hollywood, it has always been a slight puzzle to me… Continue reading