Vienna welcomes back emigre composer, 98

Vienna welcomes back emigre composer, 98


norman lebrecht

October 06, 2017

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.



  • Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer says:

    Did the Rechnungshof include this concert in their arguments?

    • Alexandre Dorsoy says:

      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?

      • Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer says:

        Maybe from where he fled? Just a thought.

      • Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer says:

        “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”.

  • John Borstlap says:

    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.

  • Julia Kogan says:

    For anyone who is interested, a programme with and about Walter Arlen: