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Forbidden MusicThe Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis$
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Michael Haas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300154306

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300154306.001.0001

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A Question of Musical Potency

A Question of Musical Potency

The Anti-Romantics

(p.149) Chapter 8 A Question of Musical Potency
Forbidden Music

Michael Haas

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the musical potency of the works of anti-romantic Jewish composers. It discusses Hans Pfitzner's 1919 pamphlet The New Aesthetic of Musical Impotence: A Sign of Decay?, which would ultimately harness many intellectuals into the anti-Semitic thinking of National Socialism. The chapter discusses the works of Hans Gál and Egon Wellesz, who represented the view that there were different ways of reacting to the post-Wagnerian Romanticism.

Keywords:   Jewish composers, musical potency, anti-romantics, Hans Pfitzner, anti-Semitic thinking, National Socialism, Hans Gál, Egon Wellesz, post-Wagnerian Romanticism

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