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Forbidden Music
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2013
This is a very thorough and interesting account of the story of so many composers and musicians and of the regime that tried to suppress them. As well as dealing with the fate of composers and musicians who had flourished in central Europe before the rise of Nazism, the part of the the book dealing with the nineteenth century background and Wagner is fascinating. Perhaps mosy interesting of all is the light Michael Haas' book sheds on the process of "de-Nazification" and the part played by the allies and the effect this had on post-war culture. A really important volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2013
The first 200 pages deal with the treatment of Jews and Jewish composers from the end of the 19th century up until the Nazis came to power in 1933. I found the second half the most interesting and in particular how countries reacted to the arrival of these composers as refugees. Sad how few of them are remembered to-day
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2013
Michael Haas has written an absolutely wonderful book that is filled with fascinating information. I highly recommend it to musicians, composers, conductors, musicologists, and ancestors of the artists he writes about! Michaels book is long overdue, and extremely thorough.
Jean V. Forman
Granddaughter of Dr. Wilhelm Grosz
New York, NY.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A well presented account of the history of several prominent composers who were banned by the Nazis because they were Jewish. Some errors of fact (the populations of Germany and the USA were not identical in 1914 (p13), they were 60 and 90 million respectably) and various other slights of accuracy make one somewhat sceptical of the accuracy in other areas. Nevertheless, worth a look for those who are interested in the subject generally.
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