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Composers of the Nazi EraEight Portraits$
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Michael H. Kater

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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Werner Egk The Enigmatic Opportunist

Werner Egk The Enigmatic Opportunist

(p.3) 1 Werner Egk The Enigmatic Opportunist
Composers of the Nazi Era

Michael H. Kater (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Werner Joseph Mayer's biography. It begins by narrating his early life in Germany as well as his interest in music. It then talks about his music quests and the people that he worked with. It also mentions his dealings with the Nazi rulers and his famous musical compositions. It also discusses his first big professional break, especially his life as a composer. It examines the reasons why Egk accepted a high office in the Nazi regime and evaluates his role during wartime Germany. It takes a look at the present day interpretations of Egk's career in the Third Reich.

Keywords:   Werner Joseph Mayer, Germany, Nazi, Egk, war, Third Reich

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