Composers Of The Nazi Era: Eight Portraits

Paperback | January 15, 2002

byMichael H. Kater

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How does creativity thrive in the face of fascism? How can a highly artistic individual function professionally in so threatening a climate? Composers of the Nazi Era is the final book in a critically acclaimed trilogy that includes Different Drummers (OUP 1992) and The Twisted Muse (OUP 1997), which won the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize of the Canadian Historical Association. Here, historian Michael H. Kater provides a detailed study ofthe often interrelated careers of eight prominent German composers who lived and worked amid the dictatorship of the Third Reich, or were driven into exile by it: Werner Egk, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg, and Richard Strauss. Katerweighs issues of accommodation and resistance to ask whether these artists corrupted themselves in the service of a criminal regime--and if so, whether this may be discerned from their music. After chapters discussing the circumstances of each composer individually, Kater concludes with an analysisof the composers' different responses to the Nazi regime and an overview of the sociopolitical background against which they functioned. The final chapter also extends the discussion beyond the end of World War II to examine how the composers reacted to the new and fragile democracy inGermany.

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How does creativity thrive in the face of fascism? How can a highly artistic individual function professionally in so threatening a climate? Composers of the Nazi Era is the final book in a critically acclaimed trilogy that includes Different Drummers (OUP 1992) and The Twisted Muse (OUP 1997), which won the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize...

Michael H. Kater is Distinguished Research Professor of History at the Centre for German and European Studies, York University, Toronto. He has published widely on modern Germany and is a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Werner Egk: The Enigmatic Optimist2. Paul Hindemith: The Reluctant Emigre3. Kurt Weill: A Survivor on Two Continents4. Karl Amadeus Hartmann: The Composer as Dissident5. Carl Orff: Man of Legend6. Hans Pfitzner: Magister Teutonicus Miser7. Arnold Schoenberg: Musician of Contrasts8. Richard Strauss: Jupiter CompromisedConclusionNotesIndex

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"....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....Kater lucidly demonstrates....the relationship between art and politics in a totalitarianstate, but also of the way in which the past was dealt with during the post-war era." - - -German Historical Institute Bulletin (Vol.XXIV No 2)