Gerold Gruber, Ulrike Anton and Michael Haas are guests of Andreas Pehl from the Bayerischer Rundfunk and talk about the extraordinary life cycle and the works of the composer Hans Winterberg, persecuted by the National Socialists.
Bavarian Radio Classical, Friday, October 11, 2019, 19:05 – 20 clock A replay of the program will take place on Saturday, October 12 at 2:05 pm.
The program can be heard via the live stream of Bayerischer Rundfunk and is also available via the media library or podcast service of the BR.
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, this year’s “ORF Long Night of Museums” took place throughout Austria for the 20th time. The exil.arte center of mdw was pleased to be part of it for the first time this year and offered guided tours of the current exhibition as well as special program items.
SPECIAL EVENTS throughout the ORF Long Night of Museums
1) Concert: Echo of the Unheard (6:30 pm)
Programme: Hans Gál (1890 – 1987) – Concertino für Flöte und Streichquartett, op. 82 Julius Bürger (1897 – 1995) – Streichquartett Nr. 2 Hans Winterberg (1901 – 1991) – Streichquartett 1957/1970
Read and interpreted by Tamara Stern and Hubert Wolf Text selection: Susanne Abbrederis
3) Concert: From the Lower East to the Upper West Side (10:30 pm)
Music from the Jewish Theatres and Viennese Cafés in New York in the 1930s and 1940s. Esther Wratschko and her ensemble (Andrew Gorman & Lili Weihandl) will perform songs by Leopoldi, Berg and others
Alexander Olshanetsky: Ikh hob dikh tsufil lib Abraham Ellstein: Abi gezunt Shalom Secunda: Bay mir bistu sheyn Jimmy Berg: Man stellt sich um! Hermann Leopoldi: Ja da wär´s halt gut, wenn man Englisch könnt Jimmy Berg: Small Café near Central Park West
The international Symposium „Jewish Music in South Germany – History, Exile, Continuance“ initiated by Tina Frühauf, took place at Munich’s University for Music and Performing Arts on July 11th and 12th 2019. It presented a wide spectrum of creativity current in Southern Germany prior to 1933, and included papers on both secular and liturgical works. exil.arte was represented by DDr. Prof. Gerold Gruber and Dr. Ulrike Anton both giving their papers on life and work of Hans Winterberg and Dr. Michael Haas, who spoke on the Kulturbund and New Zealand exile-composer Robert Fuchs. Documentation on Hans Winterberg as well as the estate of Robert Fuchs make up part of the archive of the exil.arte Center.
Senior Researcher Michael Haas has release a new article on his blog „Forbidden Music“ about Richard Fuchs: „Jewish Destiny“ and the defiance of Richard Fuchs. Read the full article here.
Fuchs studied architecture and music in Karlsruhe. After his doctorate, he worked and gained considerable recognition as an architect after the First World War. 1935 he was forbidden to carry on working as an architect and began his new career as composer with the Jewish Cultural League. The synagogues he designed and built were burnt down during the Kristallnacht pogroms in November 1938. He fled Germany to New Zealand via England. His abiding aspiration was establishing a synthesis between Jewish and German music.
WALTER ARLEN’S FIRST CENTURY, a documentary by Vienna-based filmmaker Stephanus Domanig, paints an affectionate and multifaceted picture of a musician exiled in 1938, who only got to see his works performed late in life.
The film accompanies Walter Arlen for a part of his journey. With ease it paints the portrait of a remarkable man, a man who went through years of darkness but never lost sight of the “blue light of the last streetcar”.
Following the 90-minute screening of the film, there was a Q&A with exil.arte’s founding Director Gerold Gruber and filmmaker Stephanus Domanig. Jeannie Im (soprano) and Dan Franklin Smith (piano) presented examples of Arlen’s musical oeuvre including “Five Songs of Love and Yearning.”
The exil.arte Center expanded on 21.05.2019 its exhibition “When I compose, I’m back in Vienna” with a portrayal of the life and work of Erwin Piscator and Maria Ley Piscator under the title “Political Theater in Exile”. This expansion is part of The Lahr of Leitis Academy & Archive, which was recently acquired by the exil.arte center.
The exhibition shows Piscator’s significant influence on the development of the theater on both sides of the Atlantic. Piscator firmly believed that “art only serves its purpose if it contributes to human improvement.”
The exhibtion is open daily (Tuesday – Saturday from 3 pm to 7pm)
Franz Liszt-Saal , Lothringerstraße 18, 1030 WienMit der Pianistin Biljana Urban
Ein Vergleich mit Leoš Janáček und Gideon Klein
Jan Urbans Kompositionsstil entwickelte sich aus der Wende vom 19. zum 20. Jahrhundert. Biljana Urban, die Enkelin des Komponisten, selbst international renommierte Pianistin, wird das Werk ihres Großvaters mit seinen Zeitgenossen Leoš Janáček und Gideon Klein vergleichen.
As part of this concert, Irene Suchy will speak with the author Karin Wagner, who has presented the first comprehensive book on life and work of Hugo Kauder. Together with Karl Warner (Hugo Kauder Society), this outstanding personality will be examined as a composer, teacher, musician, music theorist and philosopher. Examples from Kauder’s extensive work – he wrote over 300 compositions – complete the picture of this versatile person.
Works: String Quartet Nr. 1, Sonata for Flute and Piano, String Quartet Nr. 4