Displaced, Persecuted, and Banned by the National Socialist Regime:
Repertoire Workshop on Exiled Music

Ulrike Anton, Gerold Gruber

In this workshop, participants will rehearse works by composers who were persecuted, murdered, or driven into exile during the era of National Socialist rule due to being of Jewish descent or having taken up an antifascist political stance. Compositions may be selected from the chamber, concerto, and solo repertoire. The works interpreted during this workshop will be placed in a broader music-historical context with special attention paid to stylistically appropriate performance. What effects did persecution and exile have on these composers’ creative output? Why have so many of those compositions that had been acclaimed and frequently performed prior to the Second World War remained absent from major stages and concert halls to this day?

This workshop is meant to encourage participants to discover new and/or forgotten works. A further objective is to provide suggestions on how, when programming concerts, these compositions can be coherently combined with the conventional concert repertoire in a way that is attractive to concert promoters.

A detailed list of repertoire suggestions will be passed on after registration for the workshop. This list suggests repertoire with works by composers that were persecuted, forced into exile or murdered by the NS-Regime. Any work by Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Ernst Krenek, Bohuslav Martinu, Darius Milhaud, Arnold Schönberg or Alexander Zemlinsky would also fulfill the criteria for this workshop.

Active participation: all instrumentalists
Intensity level: 3

The first session of this workshop will be streamed live: Thursday, 19 August, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
to the live stream