Composers of the Nazi Era: Eight Portraits (Hardback)
  • Composers of the Nazi Era: Eight Portraits (Hardback)
zoom

Composers of the Nazi Era: Eight Portraits (Hardback)

(author)
£112.50
Hardback 414 Pages / Published: 06/01/2000
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
How does creativity thrive in the face of fascism? How can a highly artistic individual function professionally in so threatening a climate? The final book in a critically acclaimed trilogy that includes Different Drummers (OUP 1992) and The Twisted Muse (OUP 1997), this is a detailed study of the often interrelated careers of eight outstanding German composers who lived and worked amid the dictatorship of the Third Reich: Werner Egk, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg, and Richard Strauss. Noted historian Michael H. Kater weighs issues of accommodation and resistance to ask whether these artists corrupted themselves in the service of a criminal regime-and if so, whether this is evident in their music. He also considers the degrees to which the Nazis politically, socially, economically, and aesthetically succeeded in their treatment of these individuals, whose lives and compositions represent diverse responses to totalitarianism.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195099249
Number of pages: 414
Weight: 732 g
Dimensions: 241 x 164 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This psychologically sensitive and fascinating study of the lives of eight selected composers must be acclaimed as a significant contribution to our understanding of the history of the Third Reich ... recommended reading. * Bulletin of the German Historical Institute *
With the accuracy of a detective, Kater goes in search of the slightest clues that could throw light on each artist's degree of involvement with the Third Reich. At the same time he lets the reader participate in this search for evidence and in the difficult and often ambivalent assessment of each individual when it comes to guilt or responsibility in dealings with the regime. * Bulletin of the German Historical Institute *
One of the merits of this book is the way in which it brings to light the fine differences in the attitudes of these composers towards the Third Reich and how they and their music were regarded by the Nazi ruling class, whilst refraining from black-and-white depictions and generalizations. * Bulletin of the German Historical Institute *
A very impressive achievement - for two reasons above all. First, the range of Kater's research and documentation is awe-inspiring. Second, Kater sets out neither to canonise or to demonise ... Ultimately, this is a book which provokes thoughts rather than spelling them out ... Kater doesn't offer answers, but after reading his book, we can at least see the questions more clearly. * Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine *
Kater's background knowledge is impressive, and he refuses to oversimplify of to make facile judgements ... well worth reading. * David Matthews, Times Literary Supplement. *

You may also be interested in...

Bohemian Rhapsody
Added to basket
Handel in London
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Why Dylan Matters
Added to basket
Year of the Monkey
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Just Kids
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Born to Run
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Beatles
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Rod: The Autobiography
Added to basket
Life
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
My Thoughts Exactly
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
To Throw Away Unopened
Added to basket
And in the End
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Beethoven
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Girl in a Band
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.