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The Devil's Music Master

Author : Sam H. Shirakawa
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 542 pages
File Size : 52,8 Mb
Release : 1992-07-02
Category : Conducting (Music)
ISBN : 9780195065084

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The Devil's Music Master by Sam H. Shirakawa Pdf

From 1922 until his death in 1954, Wilhelm Furtwangler was the foremost cultural figure of the German-speaking world, conductor of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras. But his decision to remain in Germany when the Nazis came to power earned him condemnation as a Nazi collaborator--"The Devil's Music Master". 30 halftones.

Wilhelm Furtwängler

Author : Roger Allen
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 286 pages
File Size : 44,6 Mb
Release : 2018
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 178327283X

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Wilhelm Furtwängler by Roger Allen Pdf

A pathbreaking, new intellectual biography of the composer and conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler.

Trial of Strength

Author : Fred K. Prieberg
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 432 pages
File Size : 40,7 Mb
Release : 1994
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : UOM:39015032425574

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Trial of Strength by Fred K. Prieberg Pdf

When the great conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954) decided to remain in Germany under the Third Reich, he was widely and bitterly condemned as a Nazi collaborator who gave cultural and moral credibility to Hitler's regime. Although Furtwangler was exonerated at a de-nazification trial in 1947, his reputation as a Nazi sympathizer continued to darken both his personal and professional life. In this meticulously researched book, Fred K. Prieberg thoroughly investigates the renowned musician's uneasy position in Nazi Germany. Prieberg reveals in fascinating detail that Furtwangler, by persisting with his direction of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Staatsoper, waged a heroic struggle to preserve and nurture the masterpieces of German music. For Furtwangler, the sacred traditions of German art transcended politics. Prieberg argues that Furtwangler resisted efforts by the Third Reich to exploit him as a propaganda tool. As the preeminent conductor in Germany, he used his influence to protect Jewish musicians and staff in his orchestra. He never gave the obligatory Nazi salute at concerts, even when Hitler was present, and avoided performing in occupied countries or for grand Nazi Party occasions. Furtwangler's unquestioning belief in the higher ideals of German art gave him the strength and courage to sustain his quiet yet effective opposition to the Third Reich. Trial of Strength presents convincing evidence that Wilhelm Furtwangler was neither Nazi nor Nazi sympathizer. It also illuminates the perils of artistic collaboration with a totalitarian regime.

The Newsletter of the Wilhelm Furtwängler Society of America

Author : Wilhelm Furtwängler Society of America
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 338 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 1993
Category : Electronic
ISBN : STANFORD:36105111063645

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Author : Hans-Hubert Schönzeler
Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic
Page : 208 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 1990
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : MINN:31951D000971575

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Furtwangler by Hans-Hubert Schönzeler Pdf

Recollections: Selected discographies. Ernest Ansermet ; Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Yehudi Menuhin ; Pierre Monteux ; Bruno Walter ; Mercury Living Presence Opera

Author : Ronald Penndorf
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 128 pages
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Release : 1997
Category : Music
ISBN : STANFORD:36105020383530

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Recollections: Selected discographies. Ernest Ansermet ; Wilhelm Furtwängler ; Yehudi Menuhin ; Pierre Monteux ; Bruno Walter ; Mercury Living Presence Opera by Ronald Penndorf Pdf

Furtwänler on Music

Author : Ronald Taylor
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 199 pages
File Size : 54,9 Mb
Release : 2017-07-05
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781351566148

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Wilhelm Furtw ler left not only some of the greatest interpretations of operatic and symphonic music on record, but also expressed his views on musical issues of the moment in a number of outspoken essays and talks. His writings range from practical matters of performance and interpretation to aesthetic reflections on what he saw as the alarming direction in which music was developing in the wake of Schoenberg and the twelve-tone system of composition. Professor Ronald Taylor has here, for the first time, translated and annotated a selection of Furtw ler's writings covering the four decades from the First World War to the conductor's death in 1954, and prefaced them with an essay on Furtw ler's controversial career and complicated personality. The result is a collection of stimulating pieces with a claim on our attention, made all the greater for reflecting the musical and philosophical ideals of one of the great conductors of the twentieth century.

The Twisted Muse : Musicians and Their Music in the Third Reich

Author : Department of History York University Michael Kater Distinguished Research Professor
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Page : 345 pages
File Size : 49,6 Mb
Release : 1996-12-19
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780199774517

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The Twisted Muse : Musicians and Their Music in the Third Reich by Department of History York University Michael Kater Distinguished Research Professor Pdf

Is music removed from politics? To what ends, beneficent or malevolent, can music and musicians be put? In short, when human rights are grossly abused and politics turned to fascist demagoguery, can art and artists be innocent? These questions and their implications are explored in Michael Kater's broad survey of musicians and the music they composed and performed during the Third Reich. Great and small--from Valentin Grimm, a struggling clarinetist, to Richard Strauss, renowned composer--are examined by Kater, sometimes in intimate detail, and the lives and decisions of Nazi Germany's professional musicians are laid out before the reader. Kater tackles the issue of whether the Nazi regime, because it held music in crassly utilitarian regard, acted on musicians in such a way as to consolidate or atomize the profession. Kater's examination of the value of music for the regime and the degree to which the regime attained a positive propaganda and palliative effect through the manner in which it manipulated its musicians, and by extension, German music, is of importance for understanding culture in totalitarian systems. This work, with its emphasis on the social and political nature of music and the political attitude of musicians during the Nazi regime, will be the first of its kind. It will be of interest to scholars and general readers eager to understand Nazi Germany, to music lovers, and to anyone interested in the interchange of music and politics, culture and ideology.

Lies and Epiphanies

Author : Chris Walton
Publisher : Boydell & Brewer
Page : 182 pages
File Size : 41,7 Mb
Release : 2014
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781580464772

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Presents case studies of "inspiration" in five composers -- Wagner, Mahler, Furtwängler, R. Strauss, and Berg -- examining how the supposedly extrarational world of creative inspiration intersects with the highly rational world of money and politics.

Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War

Author : Jonathan Rosenberg
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Page : 449 pages
File Size : 45,7 Mb
Release : 2019-12-10
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780393608434

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Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War by Jonathan Rosenberg Pdf

A Juilliard-trained musician and professor of history explores the fascinating entanglement of classical music with American foreign relations. Dangerous Melodies vividly evokes a time when classical music stood at the center of twentieth-century American life, occupying a prominent place in the nation’s culture and politics. The work of renowned conductors, instrumentalists, and singers—and the activities of orchestras and opera companies—were intertwined with momentous international events, especially the two world wars and the long Cold War. Jonathan Rosenberg exposes the politics behind classical music, showing how German musicians were dismissed or imprisoned during World War I, while numerous German compositions were swept from American auditoriums. He writes of the accompanying impassioned protests, some of which verged on riots, by soldiers and ordinary citizens. Yet, during World War II, those same compositions were no longer part of the political discussion, while Russian music, especially Shostakovich’s, was used as a tool to strengthen the US-Soviet alliance. During the Cold War, accusations of communism were leveled against members of the American music community, while the State Department sent symphony orchestras to play around the world, even performing behind the Iron Curtain. Rich with a stunning array of composers and musicians, including Karl Muck, Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Kirsten Flagstad, Aaron Copland, Van Cliburn, and Leonard Bernstein, Dangerous Melodies delves into the volatile intersection of classical music and world politics to reveal a tumultuous history of twentieth-century America.

Settling Scores

Author : David Monod
Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
Page : 344 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2006-03-08
Category : History
ISBN : 9780807876442

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Classical music was central to German national identity in the early twentieth century. The preeminence of composers such as Bach and Beethoven and artists such as conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler and pianist Walter Gieseking was cited by the Nazis as justification for German expansionism and as evidence of Aryan superiority. In the minds of many Americans, further German aggression could be prevented only if the population's faith in its moral and cultural superiority was shattered. In Settling Scores, David Monod examines the attempted "denazification" of the German music world by the Music Control Branch of the Information Control Division of Military Government. The occupying American forces barred from the stage and concert hall all former Nazi Party members and even anyone deemed to display an "authoritarian personality." They also imported European and American music. These actions, however, divided American officials and outraged German audiences and performers. Nonetheless, the long-term effects were greater than has been previously recognized, as German government officials regained local control and voluntarily limited their involvement in artistic life while promoting "new" (anti-Nazi) music.

Recomposing German Music

Author : Elizabeth Janik
Publisher : BRILL
Page : 372 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 2005-12-01
Category : History
ISBN : 9789047416395

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This book is a social history of musical life in Berlin; it investigates the tangled relationship between music and politics in 20th-century Germany, emphasizing the division of Berlin’s musical community between east and west in the early Cold War era.

Music and Postwar Transitions in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Author : Anaïs Fléchet,Martin Guerpin,Philippe Gumplowicz,Barbara L. Kelly
Publisher : Berghahn Books
Page : 321 pages
File Size : 52,7 Mb
Release : 2023
Category : Music
ISBN : 9781800738942

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Music and Postwar Transitions in the 19th and 20th Centuries by Anaïs Fléchet,Martin Guerpin,Philippe Gumplowicz,Barbara L. Kelly Pdf

"Music and Postwar Transitions in the 19th and 20th Centuries is the first book to highlight the significance of the idea of 'postwar transition' in the field of music and to demonstrate how the contribution of musicians, composers, and their publics have influenced contemporary understandings of war. At the intersection of four domains including: the relationship between music and war culture, commemorative and consolatory dimensions of music, migration and exile, and the links between music, cultural diplomacy, and propaganda, leading historians, political scientists, psychologists, and musicologists explore disruptions and connections to music through the backdrop of war. In turn, this volume sheds new light on what has been a blind spot in a growing historiography"--

Great Wagner Conductors

Author : Jonathan Brown
Publisher : Parrot Press
Page : 817 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2014-01-30
Category : Music
ISBN : 9780987155658

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This is the Ebook version of the award-winning "Great Wagner Conductors" published in 2012, now scarce in print. It contains corrections to the hardback edition, and remedies some omissions to the discographies. It also contains all 723 illustrations in the book, brilliantly illuminated, many showing the conductors at work. Some of these are rare, some are in colour. (These are not displayed in the free sample.) "Great Wagner Conductors" is the first in-depth study to bring the great historical Wagner conductors to life - through anecdote, their own views on Wagner’s music, reports of their performances throughout the world, and their recordings. There is a substantial introductory chapter on Wagner - what he was like as a conductor of his own works and what he wanted of his conductors – then follow chapters on Hans von Bülow, Hans Richter, Anton Seidl, Hermann Levi, Felix Mottl, Karl Muck, Artur Nikisch, Albert Coates, Gustav Mahler, Felix Weingartner, Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, Artur Bodanzky, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Fritz Busch, Erich Kleiber, Hans Knappertsbusch, Clemens Krauss, Karl Böhm, Richard Strauss, Otto Klemperer, and Fritz Reiner. Thousands of reviews of performances from many countries have been distilled to bring us as close as we can to knowing what the conductors were really like. There are comprehensive discographies setting out what the conductors recorded. Rare recordings are documented. There is comment on or excerpts from reviews of all the major recordings, and on many of the more obscure. A section on timings of actual and recorded performances, from Wagner onwards, reveals how widely practice has varied. There is a Select Bibliography, and an Index. "The level of detail achieved is quite breathtaking," wrote David Patmore in "Classical Recordings Quarterly" reviewing the hardback, "It extends to a vast arsenal of footnotes … as a resource they will be amazingly useful in a vast range of different contexts…. For anyone interested in conducting from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, and in particular the performance of Wagner, this book will be an essential acquisition. Its strength lies in the collection of so many different and varied contemporary reports of Wagner in performance from approximately 1850 to 1960. If this is where your interest lies, it will provide much fascinating reading." (Winter 2012). "Great Wagner Conductors is a major contribution to the literature on this subject," wrote Gary Galo in the "ARSC Journal", "and belongs in the library of every serious Wagner enthusiast." (May 2013). The book was awarded an Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in 2013.