Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Facts and lies
July 22, 2015 by norman lebrecht
The Entartete Musik scholar Michael Haas has created a virtual exhibition on Korngold, based on his successful show at Vienna’s Jewish Museum, which drew 45,000 visitors. Korngold’s life in Vienna and Hollywood is encrusted in myth and legend. Michael finds strong parallels between music in Korngold’s time (1897-1957) and ours:
The themes that resonate throughout Korngold’s life are particularly relevant today as they represent the fight for the very purpose of music. Is it elite, or is it populist? Is it high art or easy entertainment? Is it merely an application, like the use of colour in cinema or is it l’art pour l’art – a thing of purity and a bridge between the listener and a higher state? Is music a cultural cornerstone of European civilisation or is it merely ‘disposable’?
Visit the virtual exhibition here.
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