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“They evolved an amalgam of values in which both the purity of art and the purity of German musical traditions merged. Few would wish to stray from these particular absolutes, which most, including… Continue reading

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“If Mahler had provided the portal through which younger Jewish composers could walk, embracing their uniqueness as artists, it comes as no surprise to discover that much of this uniqueness stemmed from their… Continue reading

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Schoenberg’s obituary of Mahler, courtesy of www.schoenberg.at

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“Max Brod and Theodor Adorno, among others, have written about the ‘Jewishness’ of Mahler’s music. How ‘Jewish’ it might be is less important than how liberating it was for the following generation. Nevertheless,… Continue reading

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“Korngold, who certainly drew on Steiner’s methods (and vice versa), arrived in Hollywood as the first composer of film music already established as a successful composer of serious, ‘classical’ music. […He] first went… Continue reading

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“The many Jewish composers arriving in Hollywood from Vienna could hardly have been more varied. On one hand, there were Steiner and Korngold, who, along with Franz Waxman from Berlin, dominated cinematic, widescreen… Continue reading

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The Riesenrad in Vienna, built by Gabor Steiner (1858–1944), father of the composer Max Steiner (whose Godfather was Richard Strauss).

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A still from Max Rheinhardt’s 1935 cinematic adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for which Erich Wolfgang Korngold arranged Mendelssohn’s original score.

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“It is in Zemlinsky’s early works that we encounter a fusion of Brahms and Wagner, mediated through Mahler, who chose to present Zemlinsky’s Es war einmal at the Vienna Opera in 1900, which… Continue reading