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Music, War, and Revolution: Part 1

Music in the Time of the Great War
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 3 PM Online
In Music in the Time of the Great War, documentarian Andreas Morell traces the war’s impact on European composers as it irrevocably altered the musical landscape for generations to come. There are heartbreaking tales of what might have been—like that of promising composer Rudi Stephan, struck down in the war at age 28—and incredible stories of adversity overcome, as in the case of pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm to an enemy bullet and returned home to inspire the likes of Britten, Korngold, Prokofiev, and Ravel to compose works for the left hand only. A particular focus is also given to Austrian greats Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, whose nationalist fervor turned to profound disillusionment as the true toll of war became evident, forcing them into crises of faith and art that would mark their lives and works forever.

Available through May 31, 2021.

Part of: Voices of Hope

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