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

When researching ‘Forbidden Music’, I was surprised at the number of times I would encounter short biographies in British and American publications, lexica, history books and directories in which next to the name… Continue reading

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

Wagner’s Influence on Vienna’s Jewish Composers

On the 16th of January, I shall be giving a talk at Vienna’s Jewish museum on the subject of Wagner’s influence on Vienna’s Jewish composers. This is such a broad subject, I wasn’t… Continue reading

The First Christmas in Exile 1938

Few societies deal more consequentially with Christmas than the Viennese. As a result, Viennese émigrés landing in such unlikely spots as Los Angeles or Shanghai felt particularly melancholic at this time of year.… Continue reading

Wilhelm Rettich

The revival of music banned by the III Reich has inevitably raised many questions of what can be considered good and worthy. Which are the works that can be viewed as statements of… Continue reading