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Expelled, persecuted, banned – European music and the consequences of National Socialism, current seminar at the mdw

The Association of Jewish Regufees | Sarah Lawrence College Archives

© The Association of Jewish Regufees | Sarah Lawrence College Archives

A seminar of the Exilarte Center offered for all fields of study as optional subject ( Spring and Fall semester)

Lecturers: a.o. Univ.-Prof. DDr. h.c. Gerold Gruber, Dr. Ulrike Anton, Dr. Michael Haas


  • show the plurality of music that was prevented and destroyed by the Nazi seizure of power
  • describe the interaction between culture and politics
  • rediscover the repertoire lost by the National Socialists
  • analysis to concentration camp – emigration – exile – post-war period


  • Students should be given a comprehensive knowledge of the complexity of music creation
  • Dealing with mostly forgotten composers and their works
  • Analysis of musical trends and different styles
  • Effects of politics, religion and the social environment on cultural creation
  • Students should discover new repertoire for themselves


  • Getting to know unknown repertoire
  • Awareness of cultural responsibility
  • Influence of migration on the exile countries
  • Analysis from today’s point of view
  • Scientific and artistic interpretation in accordance
  • Analysis of different styles
  • Adaptation to the respective field of study


BR radio show: Hans Winterberg – In search of a forgotten composer | October 11, 2019

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.

ORF – Long Night of Museums | October 5, 2019

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, this year’s “ORF Long Night of Museums” took place throughout Austria for the 20th time.
The 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)

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

WISE –   Wien International Soloists Ensemble will bring works of these forgotten composers back to life.

Andrea Nikolić, violin
Jonathan Cano, violin
Marta Potulska, viola
Anzél Gerber, violoncello

Ulrike Anton, flute

2) Actor’s reading: Letters & manuscripts from Erwin Piscator (8:30 pm)

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

Symposium „Jewish Music in South Germany – History, Exile, Continuance“ in Munich | July 11 – 12, 2019

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. 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 Center.  

Forbidden Music – “Jewish Destiny” and the defiance of Richard Fuchs

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.

Film Screening “WALTER ARLEN’S FIRST CENTURY” at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York | June 12, 2019

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’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.”

Please read the articles on this wonderful evening on Broadway World and Musical America.

Political Theater in Exile

The 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 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)

Concert with compositions by Jan Urban, Leoš Janáček and Gideon Klein | October 9, 2018

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

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. 


Concert Hugo Kauder with book presentation | September 25, 2018

Exilarte Concert Series “Echo of the Unheard”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 7 p.m.
ORF RadioCafé

Argentinierstraße 30a, 1040 Wien

Hugo Kauder: Concert & Book Presentation (Böhlau Verlag) within the Exilarte Book Series 

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.

: String Quartet Nr. 1, Sonata for Flute and Piano, String Quartet Nr. 4


Selini Quartet: 

Liubov Kalmykova (violin) 
Nadia Kalmykova (violin) 
Loredana Apetrei (viola)
Loukia Loulaki (cello)

Ulrike Anton (flute)
Miyuki Schüssler (piano)

Dr. Irene Suchy (Ö1)

Radio Kulturhaus Beitrag zu Gesprächskonzert Hugo Kauder

Musica Femina: Exilarte Concert “Verfemte Komponistinnen” | July 25, 2018

im Rahmen des Festival Musica Femina 
in der Orangerie in Schönbrunn 
ab 16 Uhr: Führung durch die Ausstellung

Werke von
: Rosy Wertheim, Ruth Schönthal, Vally Weigl und Henriëtte Bosmans

Ethel Merhaut (Sopran), Ulrike Anton (Flöte), Christine Roider (Violoncello) & Miyuki Schüssler (Klavier)
Moderation: Gerold Gruber

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