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

Bertha von Suttner’s Peace Conference

For those who read German and wish to understand how Austrian and German historians interpret the First World War, I can recommend Manfried Rauchensteiner’s ‘Der erste Weltkrieg und das Ende der Habsburger Monarchie’.… Continue reading

The 1920 Austro-Hungarian Cultural Annexation of Berlin

Long before the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938, Vienna, Budapest and a host of former Habsburg subjects had started to annex Berlin from 1920 and were largely responsible for creating the city we think of as the stylish capital of the Weimar Republic.

Austria 1934

On the flight back from Vienna yesterday, I read Christopher Isherwood’s short novel, Prater Violet. It tells the story of the young Isherwood hired to work on a film in a London studio… Continue reading

Maria Lidka

I meant to link this obituary much earlier – sadly, I cannot find any links to her playing, though I did produce a recording of Peter Gellhorn’s ‘Intermezzo’ which he composed for Lidka,… Continue reading

Bernhard Sekles 1872 – 1934

Bernhard Sekles’s opera Schahrazade is the subject of the most recent Musica Reanitmata’s  quarterly publication. I recall being shown the full score for a massive orchestra work published by Schott some 20 years… Continue reading

The Prague Cemetery

It’s impossible to spend much time researching and pondering upon the whys and wherefores of music banned by the III Reich without questioning the provenance of the deluded anti-Semitism of pre-Hitler Europe. Hitlers… Continue reading