Banned and dangerous art: Eisler, Korngold and Stravinsky

Posted on: April 22, 2015 in: Programmes>2016-17 Season>ÉMIGRÉ

Our upcoming concert, From Hollywood to New York, explores the work of various European composers who sought fame, fortune or refuge in the USA in the early part of the 20th century. Several of these composers fled to the New World to escape from wartime Europe, at a time when Nazi Germany began to encroach on the personal and professional lives of millions. Eisler, Korngold and Stravinsky, whose music we perform on 2 May, were publicly denounced by the Third Reich as ‘degenerate music’ (‘Entartete Musik’ in German), a condemnation which had severe affects not only on their career, but also general livelihood.

In this blog, we take a closer look at ‘degenerate music’ and these composers’ associations with the term.

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We perform Eisler’s Kleine Sinfonie, Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Korngold’s Adventures of Robin Hood Suite at Cadogan Hall on 2 May.

From Hollywood to New York
Saturday 2 May 2015, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall, London
Tickets from £12 (concessions available)
£5 tickets available for students and 16-25s (pre-register at Cadogan Hall Box Office / 020 7730 4500