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Discussion: Rare Chamber Music, Vol. 1 - Jansa Duo

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Post by Beagle January 5, 2010 (1 of 1)
"Rare" is a misnomer. JPC and Amazon.de aptly list this as Verbotene Musik (forbidden music) -- what the Nazis used to call Entartete-Muzik (degenerate music). In our time, perhaps 'Forgotten Music' is the best label for composers whose careers fell under the wheels of history:

* Jewish Erst Bachrich organised a concert series in Vienna in 1936, entitled 'Music of the Present', and died in Lublin concentration camp in 1942.

* Jewish Ervin Schulhoff almost made it to exile in the Soviet Union, but was arrested and died in Weissenburg concentration camp.

* Jewish Ernst Toch served in the German army in WWI, but escaped into exile as Hitler gained influence.

* Aryan Hans Joachim Moser was also a WWI vet, a respected, anti-semitic member of the musical establishment with a posting in the cultural wing of the SS; nonetheless someone accused him of being jewish -- so he lost his position and was forced to work under a pseudonym.

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