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Thwarted Voices: Music Suppressed by the Third Reich
posted 21 August 2004

Wednesday 12 January 2005 6.15pm

Soloists and Chamber Groups from Yehudi Menuhin School
Featuring music of composers who were exiled, banned or murdered by the edicts of the Third Reich.
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London EC2
Entrance free

One of a series of four concerts to accompany the Daniel Libeskind Exhibition
Find out about the other concerts taking place

As we come towards the British National Holocaust Commemoration day, 27 January, which takes as its theme this year, the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, we think about the artists, musicians and composers who were banned, exiled or murdered by the Nazi regime. To show what was lost to European culture by this unprecedented cultural barbarism we present Thwarted Voices: Music Suppressed by the Third Reich performed by soloists and chamber groups of the Yehudi Menuhin School.

The students of the Yehudi Menuhin School have already studied and performed this repertoire at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in a day, in a day hosted by the writer and comedian Barry Humphries, who is devoted to resurrecting the works of these composers. With the help of a JMI Millennium Award they were able to make a recording of many of these works.

They perform the Intermezzo (for nonet) of Franz Schreker, (one of the most popular and influential composers and teachers in Berlin before 1933 and almost unheard of today) Vilém Tausky's Coventry (also for nonet) written on entering the bombed Coventry Cathedral. Tausky was a Czech composer who became a much loved opera and orchestral conductor in the UK, and died in March 2004. They also perform the extraordinary string quartet, 'Twin Towers' written by pupil Oscar Perks when he was twelve years old, at the time of the atrocity.

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