Munich Academy opens research centre for music of Jews

The Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (HMTM) is opening a research centre into Jewish culture and music at the end of the month.

The centre, in a building that was once Nazi Party headquarters, will be named after the Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim, who left Munich as an exile for Palestine in 1933, changing his name from Frankenburger.


So far, there is one musicologist at work, Tobias Reichard.


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  • The building was actually named the Führerbau, the Füher’s building. For some, it is still a blight upon the cityscape.

  • When I was working with Leopold Stokowski as Associate Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, I received my first invitation to conduct in Israel. Stokowski asked me to take personally his letter to Paul Ben-Haim asking him for a new work to premiere in NY at Carnegie with the ECO. Ben-Haim came to my lecture on Charles Ives’ music, and we had dinner afterwards. He was thrilled with the invitation and request from Stokowski,
    and miraculously handed me a freshly minted score before I departed two weeks later. Stokowski premiered it during the same season.

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