After a decade of heady artistic freedom, the Nazis banned the work of artists…
Martin Anderson, writer and editor, Toccata Press at Kings Place, London, Friday, 19 June 2015 – 6:30pm
St Pancras Room:Free, but a ticket is required. Please call the Box Office on 020 7520 1490.
After a decade of heady artistic freedom, the Nazis banned the work of artists because they were Jewish, modernist or politically left wing. Forbidden from performance, publishing and sale, composers fled into exile, most never to return to Germany and Austria. Writer and editor Martin Anderson, who has chronicled many composers under the threat of official suppression, tells how music was proscribed and remained neglected for many decades even after the defeat of the Nazis in 1945.
This talk precedes
Paul Hindemith There and Back (1927)
Ernst Toch Egon and Emilie (1928)*
Kurt Weill Vom Tod im Wald (Death in the Forest)(1927)
Mahagonny Songspiel (1927)
The Continuum Ensemble are joined by a host of soloists to explore adaptions of opera for modern times. Composers typically created short works, some of only twenty minutes, with contemporary characters, comic settings and satirical plots.