Modernism and Vienna’s Jewish salonnières

Berta Zuckerkandl (in the accompanying photo), Eugenie Schwarzwald, Josephine and Franziska von Wertheimstein were just four of Vienna’s Jewish salonnière who could justifiably be referred to as the engines of fin de siècle… Continue reading

Max Reinhardt – music, theatre, circus

Max Reinhardt (1873-1943) was probably too much of a pathological optimist to have viewed as tragic the manner in which his career ended in Hollywood. According to Otto Friedrich’s entertaining and highly informative… Continue reading


  There was an excerpt from a documentary on the internment of enemy aliens that was made by British Television (Channel 4), and shown in a 2004 exhibition I curated at Vienna’s Jewish… Continue reading

The Usual Suspects – pan-Germanism’s many imaginary enemies

The most articulate dismantling of Wagner’s arguments in his 1869 tract ‘Jewishness in Music’ is provided by Eduard Hanslick in the ‘Neue Freie Presse’. I quote it at length in ‘Forbidden Music’. Hot… Continue reading

Power plays

Political environments shape the arts. For this reason, it’s important to understand the debates and issues that surrounded and often engulfed both the Jewish and non-Jewish ‘Hitler-generation’ of composers. One of the most… Continue reading

Contrasts: Paul Hindemith and Ernst Toch

Ernst Toch and Paul Hindemith were initially ‘Terrible Twins’, though Hindemith was the younger, bolder and more mischievous. His sense of music’s possible ‘usefulness’ was more idealistic and he saw in this idea… Continue reading

Kraus’ ‘The Last Days of Mankind’ in the web

For those who read German and would appreciate both the aid of graphics and explanations of who is who, this – as yet unfinished – start to ‘The Last Days of Mankind’ (Die… Continue reading

Berthold Goldschmidt

If there is a single person who put flesh onto the skeletal idea of hunting down music lost during the Nazi years, it was Berthold Goldschmidt, the self-effacing, quiet German émigré approaching his… Continue reading

Manfred Gurlitt

One of my German colleagues wondered why ‘Forbidden Music’ seemed to have such a strong Austrian bias. I explained that the sub-title of the book was ‘The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis’… Continue reading

Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive

If you go to the Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive and register, you should, once your log-in is confirmed, be able to put Chochem into the search engine and listen to a number of… Continue reading