“Komm herab, oh Madonna Theresa”

Adding to the ‘Heliane’ vs. ‘Jonny’ conflict is an ad with someone singing a popular song of the day ‘Komm herab, oh Madonna Theresa’ (‘Come down, oh Madonna Theresa’ sung by Joseph Schmidt:… Continue reading

Gramophone reviews Forbidden music

Forbidden Music The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis Michael Haas Yale UP London. published price £25, ISBN: 9780300154306, 352 pp., hardback. Gramophone, July 2013 by Rob Cowan “My parents were deported from… Continue reading

Norman Lebrecht reviews Forbidden Music

Norman Lebrecht has written a fascinating treatment (full article can be found below) of ‘Forbidden Music’ in the context of Decca’s recording series ‘Entartete Musik’ for the Wall Street Journal. I suppose I could… Continue reading

Conducting styles: Bruno Walter’s recordings of “Das Lied von der Erde”

The archive of the Music University in Vienna houses part of the Bruno Walter estate. Earlier this year, I was asked to give a talk, to be published (only in German at this… Continue reading

Hans Gál on BBC Radio 3

BBC’s Radio 3 has been more than generous about ‘Forbidden Music’. First Rob Cowan mentioned it three Sundays ago in his Sunday breakfast programme, then last Sunday he raised the subject of the… Continue reading


The book launch at Senate House went very well! Thank you all who came and thanks to all who supported the show. It went without hitch and even the technology didn’t let me… Continue reading

Friedrich Hartmann

‚Und wenn du noch so doll den Fuß dagegen stemmst, glaub nicht, daß du die Zeit in ihrem Laufe hemmst‘ is the caption of the accompanying photo. It’s a series of puns on… Continue reading

The Jewish Music Institute interviews Michael Haas

Ernst Toch’s essays

Researching Toch at the UCLA Performing Arts Archive, one cannot help but be astonished at the number of essays, statements, letters and thoughts that he composed and compiled. Few have an indication of… Continue reading

Restitution within musicology

A further report in today’s Standard: “Hardly touched – the Subject of Restitution within Musicology” Experts establish the lack of provenance research within orchestras and theatres – lack of resources cited as greatest… Continue reading