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Composers of the Nazi Era: Eight Portraits

Michael H. Kater

Abstract

How does creativity thrive in the face of fascism? How can a highly artistic individual function professionally in so threatening a climate? This is a detailed study of the often interrelated careers of eight outstanding German composers who lived and worked amid the dictatorship of the Third Reich: Werner Egk, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg, and Richard Strauss. This book weighs issues of accommodation and resistance to ask whether these artists corrupted themselves in the service of a criminal regime — and if so, whether this is ... More

Keywords: fascism, Third Reich, Werner Egk, Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195099249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.001.0001

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Michael H. Kater, author
York University
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