By Dorothy Lamb Crawford
This booklet is the 1st to envision the intense accumulating of composers, conductors, and different musicians who fled Nazi Germany and arrived within the l. a. sector. Musicologist Dorothy Lamb Crawford appears to be like heavily on the lives, inventive paintings, and impression of 16 performers, fourteen composers, and one opera level director, who joined this sizeable migration starting within the Thirties. a few during this team have been recognized after they fled Europe, others could achieve attractiveness within the younger musical tradition of l. a., and nonetheless others struggled to set up themselves in an atmosphere frequently proof against musical innovation. Emphasizing person voices, Crawford provides brief images 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 expert the following iteration. The booklet unearths a uniquely shiny period whilst Southern California turned a hub of exceptional musical expertise.
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Where I am allowed to go on my feet, where my head can be erect, where kindness and cheerfulness is dominating, and where to live is a joy and to be an expatriate of another country is the grace of God. ”20 One of Schoenberg’s Viennese students, the émigré composer, pianist, and musicologist Paul Pisk, who taught at the University of Redlands from 1936 to 1945 and returned to California for his retirement, stated that the first and lasting revelation about his new homeland was that American people could freely express their opinions in the 1936 Franklin Roosevelt–Alfred Landon campaign for the presidency.
At first Klemperer presumed that his would be a temporary appointment to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which was in a precarious condition because of the Depression. On June 10, 1933, only a week before Klemperer and the orchestra’s founder contracted in Paris for his appointment, the Los Angeles Times had published an article headlined “Sound Rebuilding of 39 KLEMPERER AND THE PHILHARMONIC 40 Music in Southland Held Urgent. ” The article’s author, Isabel Morse Jones, echoed the newly elected President Roosevelt in asking that a “new deal” be proposed to save the orchestra.
Instead, Goebbels chose Hungarian-born Josef Szigeti to broadcast the Brahms Violin Concerto. Out of respect for Huberman, who, as a thirteen-year-old, had played the Brahms concerto to the profound approval of its composer, Szigeti refused to substitute and never again played in Germany. He was not Jewish, but he was a performer of great integrity and intellect. He then EUROPE 14 toured worldwide, first appearing in Los Angeles for a recital in 1933. ) Schnabel, Germany’s foremost concert pianist at the time, sailed with the Klemperer family to New York and toured across the United States.
A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler's Emigres and Exiles in Southern California by Dorothy Lamb Crawford