Vienna welcomes back emigre composer, 98

The composer Walter Arlen, born in Vienna and forced to leave after Hitler’s 1938 Anschluss, attended a tribute concert last night at the Konzerthaus by the Wiener Symphoniker.

Never too late to say sorry.


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    • This concert was privately financed by an enthusiastic lover of Walter Arlen’s music and did not cost the Austrian taxpayer a penny. Where does this blind resentment come from?

      • “Not cost the Austrian taxpayer a penny” is a myth. Every single such event costs a huge amount of Sünderlohn, directly or indirectly. Karajan even let the state finance the trips of his orchestra to the Salzburger Festspiele and the recording sessions for his private company. These trips were then registered as “Dienstreise”.

  • Such delayed welcome may also have something to do with the nature of Arle’s music, which is thoroughly traditional:

    From the viewpoint of Webern-infested ideologies about 20C music, such composers are ‘superfluous’ (P Boulez).

    With the crumbling of ‘cold war music politics’, perspectvies upon reality may open themselves once again.

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