Monday, April 5, 2010

Entartete Musik: Music Banned By The Third Reich

Entartete Musik (Degenerate music), was a label applied in the 1930s by the Nazi government in Germany to certain forms of music that it considered to be harmful or decadent.


Some links: The official page on the Decca website. The Google timeline. Toward Entartete Musik on danajohnhill.org, an Amzon list that features most of the albums on the playlist, and a youtube playlist: Entartete Musik.

Wiki pages of the composers featured in this playlist: Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942), Franz Schreker (1878-1934), Alma Mahler (1979-1964), Walter Braunfels (1882-1954), Emmerich Kálmán (1882-1953), Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), Karol Rathaus (1895-1954), Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944), Pavel Haas (1899-1944), Hans Krása (1899-1944), Ernst Krenek (1900-1991), Kurt Weill (1900-1950), Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972), Berthold Goldschmidt (1903-1996), Erich Zeisl (1905-1959), Franz Waxman (1906-1967), Ignace Strasfogel (1909-1994).

From the mid-1990s the Decca Record Company released a series of recordings under the title 'Entartete Musik: music suppressed by the third reich covering lesser-known works by the above-named composers.

Here's a Spotify playlist of Entartete Musik (461 tracks, 1.4 days).


I also wanted to use a photo of Hitler listening to a rehearsal in Nuremberg from The Rest Is Noise, but it is copyrighted. If you can find any online libretto of the operas in this playlist please leave a comment, I have listened Braunfels' ravishing Die Vögel two times and I really want to know what the birds were singing. Thanks.


5 comments:

  1. Simply <3 your blog!

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  2. Martin ReddingtonApril 10, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Hmm. Just wanted to listen to this but the playlist was empty. Others are OK so is there something wrong?

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  3. Hi Martin, please uncheck "hide unplayable tracks" in Spotify settings, if then you can see the 461 tracks, it means that these albums are now available in France right now:(

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  4. Hi! Excellent list...but where is the sound? Maybe you could attach something from youtube to each woman composer on your list if they are there.

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