JMI International Centre for Suppressed Music (ICSM)
The International Centre for Suppressed Music (ICSM) was established in September 1999, by the Jewish Music Institute, (JMI) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, as a platform to bring together all those working in the field of suppressed music to promote the study and performance of music suppressed by the Nazis. Although its early focus is on composers who suffered under the Third Reich, the ICSM is also platform for examining music under other totalitarian regimes.
Barry Humphries (left) Launches ‘The Spoli Fund’ to support the work of the JMI International Centre for Suppressed Music at the home of Lady Solti (centre) in May 2009. In the background, Conductor Marios Papadopoulos and Soprano Tessa Cahill.
The event was held to honour Michael Haas who won the highest cultural award from the City of Vienna for his exhibitions of émigré composers at the Jewish Museum in Vienna. Read more about the event and click here to read Michael Haas’ response to winning the award.
Read Michael Haas’ article on ‘Entartete Musik’ from the Jewish Quarterly 2009
Music suppressed by the Third Reich
What might have evolved as the language of music in Western Europe had composers, at the most crucial stage of their careers in the 1930s, not been forced from their homeland is a subject that is now being addressed with increasing intensity world-wide. The International Centre for Suppressed Music is in the forefront of research, education, publication, recording, performance and communication of information on this vast range of forbidden music.
This website holds details of conferences, concerts and publications in this field and will expand to contain an updated performance calendar from information received and databases of repertoire as well as links to related sites.back to top
Executive Committee and Editorial Board:
Patrons: Leon Botstein, Lawrence Foster, Matthias Goerne, Barry Humphries, John Mauceri, Spoli Mills, Vilém Tauski
last modified: December 23, 2011
Suppressed Music Home
ICSM Annual Report
Suppressed Music Activities
Emigré Composers: Project 2002
Thwarted Voices: Conference 2000
Impact of Nazism: Conference 2008
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Read ICSM Online Journal
Read ICSM Newsletters 2001-4
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