Saturday, December 6, 2008

World Music

Not the whole world. The "Western World"

Jewish composers were driven from place to place in the 20th Century. Russians fleeing Soviet persecution went to Paris, London, Israel and America. Composers from Middle Europe fled from Hitler. Some settled in New York City, some in Los Angeles and some in Israel. So they don't fit national categories. And their music is not taken as seriously as it should be. Joseph Achron, Samuel Feinberg, Stefan Wolpe, and Ernst Toch are a few examples of this.

1 comment:

MP said...

I totally agree with you; you write things absolutely right and intelligent as rarely I had the occasion to read! I am a pianist, conductor and composer, mainly playing Jewish Classical Music in Europe and Israel. My web site is as follows:
Also, you can find some of my live performances of Jewish Classical Music on Youtube. Shalom