Banned Music Reborn: The Rediscovery of Two Generations of European Composers
March 23, 30 6:30-8:30 MDT on Zoom
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In 1933, the Third Reich began the persecution of all musicians of Jewish ancestry and all musicians suspected of opposition to Nazi culture. By 1945, two generations of European composers had been murdered or had fled into exile.
This course is an introduction to the exciting and moving rediscovery of these composers and their music, with performances throughout the world of lost or forgotten compositions. Topics discussed in the sessions will include: the place of these composers in the musical life of pre-war Germany and Europe, the many perils that faced them after the Nazi rise to power, the challenges and consequences of exile for those who survived, the possible reasons - both cultural and political - that until recently so much music was lost, forgotten, or willfully suppressed, and how these discoveries are re-shaping our view of 20th-century music and impacting the international classical music scene. I will perform music for solo violin in each session.