By Dorothy Lamb Crawford
This publication is the 1st to envision the bright accumulating of composers, conductors, and different musicians who fled Nazi Germany and arrived within the l. a. quarter. Musicologist Dorothy Lamb Crawford seems to be heavily on the lives, artistic paintings, and impression of 16 performers, fourteen composers, and one opera level director, who joined this titanic migration starting within the Nineteen Thirties. a few during this staff have been well-known once they fled Europe, others could achieve popularity within the younger musical tradition of la, and nonetheless others struggled to set up themselves in an atmosphere usually proof against musical innovation. Emphasizing person voices, Crawford offers brief photographs of Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and the opposite musicians whereas additionally contemplating their impact as a group—in the movie undefined, in song associations in and round la, and as lecturers who informed the following new release. The publication finds a uniquely shiny period while Southern California grew to become a hub of unheard of musical expertise.
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He wrote that he would rather give wholehearted support to a “Human or World Community Center,” for he advocated “the abolition of Religions and the replacement by Religion. . ”22 Roosevelt’s death in April 1945 shocked and grieved the émigré community. ”23 Thomas PARADISE? 33 Mann, since 1940 the leading figure among the German-speaking circles in the area, expressed the feeling of émigré Europeans when he wrote about the beloved president in a letter, “This is no longer the country to which we came.
Austria at first seemed a refuge for fleeing musicians. The day after Hitler was appointed chancellor, all EUROPE 17 German performances of Krenek’s music were summarily canceled, and his income from German royalties ceased. Krenek’s name was not only associated in Nazi lists with jazz and “cultural Bolshevism” (because of the topic of Jonny spielt auf ), but he was also identified as a Czech Jew. This experience was repeated in Austria, where Krenek had settled. When his opera Karl V came to the stage of the Vienna Opera in the spring of 1934, Clemens Krauss, the conductor who had requested the opera, withdrew his support; rehearsals were called off, and the production was canceled.
33 Largely because of the investment of energy in and passion for their art contributed by these displaced Europeans, the cultural isolation of the area’s musicians and adventurous music lovers was gradually eliminated, as composers, conductors, singers, instrumentalists, music teachers, and even critics took the opportunities for study and exposure that were uniquely and easily available to them. Los Angeles, however, still lacked the performing institutions—a world-class music center, an opera company, a dedicated symphony hall—to sustain them.
A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Emigres and Exiles in Southern California by Dorothy Lamb Crawford