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“By 1938, nearly every Austrian and German Jew was concerned with finding an affidavit somewhere, somehow, from someone. […] Gertrude Zeisl, wife of the composer Erich Zeisl, managed to lay her hands on… Continue reading

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This is Erich Zeisl’s family in Baden on the night before they left Austria.

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“After the war, Zeisl, Toch and Korngold left studio work as quickly as they could, sensitive to the harm it would do their reputations and fearful of the damage inflicted on their talent… Continue reading

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“After working with me as producer on several recordings, Michael Haas led me to this rich and largely unknown body of repertoire. Forbidden Music by Michael Haas shines a spotlight on musical treasures that would… Continue reading

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“[Egon] Wellesz singles out Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten as his greatest achievement, with its dramatic power and brilliant orchestration. Composed in 1913–15, it demonstrated that the diatonic language Schoenberg believed to be exhausted could… Continue reading

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Maria Schreker as Grete in her husband’s opera Der ferne Klang.

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“This is not a book about Nazis but about the composers who were lost, and the musical trends they established before being banned, murdered and exiled. It also examines the tragic postwar developments… Continue reading

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At the Southbank Centre this weekend it’s all about Berlin… the very city in which many of the composers featured in Michael Haas’s Forbidden Music flourished before having their work proscribed.

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“The cautious mood at the end of the war in 1918 would start to produce new creative drives towards what a younger generation hoped might become a musical utopia that would rise from… Continue reading

Some of the figures from the book