Following the collapse and ultimate overthrow of the Wilhelmine Empire, a new generation of artists found a fresh environment where they might flourish. Their optimism was accompanied by attempts to negate their recent past in various ways: by affirming modern technology, exploring music of a more remote past, and celebrating popular music. The essays contained in this volume address these fundamental issues. Examining the way in which German music was performed, staged, programmed, and received in the 1920s not only offers deeper insights into Weimar culture itself but sheds light on our contemporary musical world.
1. Stage and screen: Kurt Weill and operatic reform in the 1920s Bryan Gilliam; 2. Rethinking sound: music and radio in Weimar Germany Christopher Hailey; 3. 'Overcoming romanticism': on the modernisation of twentieth-century performance practice Robert Hill; 4. Lehrstück: an aesthetics of performance Stephen Hinton; 5. Singing Brecht versus Brecht singing: performance in theory and practice Kim H. Kowalke; 6. German musicology and early music performance, 1918–1933 Pamela Potter; 7. Jazz reception in Weimar Germany: in search of a shimmy figure J. Bradford Robinson; 8. The idea of Bewegung in the German organ reform movement of the 1920s Peter Williams.
"This interesting and informative collection of essays on music in Germany between the world wars is both readable and scholarly....This informative collection of essays is strongly recommended to anyone interested in German culture, music, or theater during this exciting intellectual period." W. Ross, Choice
"[The book is] alive to the extraordinary contradictions and inconsistencies which ran through the Western world's most intensely developed musical culture as it weathered the upheavals of Weimar radicalism and Nazi manipulation....[It] is an exceptionally interesting collection of essays which open out into discussions of major aesthetic questions, of the political and economic pressures bearing on music and theatre, of the works produced and, to a lesser extent, issues of their dissemination and reception." Patrick Carnegy, Times Literary Supplement