Description - Driven into Paradise by Reinhold Brinkmann
Many artists and scholars were forced to flea from from Nazi Germany. Their story is twofold, of impoverishment for the countries the musicians left behind and enrichment for the United States. The latter is the focus of this collection, which approaches the subject from diverse perspectives, including documentary-style newspaper accounts and an exploration of Walt Whitman's poetry in the work of Paul Hindemith and Kurt Weill. The flood of musical migrations from Germany and Austria from 1933 to 1944 had a lasting impact. Hundreds of musicians and musicologists went to the United States and remained there, shaping the musical culture. Several essays provide firsthand insights into aspects of American cultural history to which these emigres made contributions as conductors, professors, and composers; other essays tell of the traumatic experience of being exiled and the difficulties of finding one's way in a foreign country. While the migration infused the USA with a distinctly European musical awareness, at the same time the status and authority of its participants tended to intervene in the development of a genuinely American cultural voice.
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(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - Reinhold Brinkmann
Reinhold Brinkmann is Professor of Music at Harvard University and has written extensively on Schoenberg, Brahms, and Wagner. Christoph Wolff is Professor of Music at Harvard University and is the author of Mozart's Requiem (California, 1993), among other works.