concert

The world og Alma Mahler, Part 1

Works by Ernest Bloch, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, Wolfgang Jacobi and Armenian folk songs

Works by Ernest Bloch, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, Wolfgang Jacobi and Armenian folk songs

Alma Mahler visited the Middle East with her third husband, Franz Werfel, in 1929 where they came to know about the Armenian genocide of 1915 and the defense of the Moses Mountain (Musa Dagh) in particular. Werfel subsequently wrote the novel "The 40 days of Musa Dagh" which became an important and prophetic book for the Jewish community during the holocaust. The opening symphonic poem "In the Mountains" about the Savoy Alps by Ernest Bloch, born in Geneva in 1880 of Jewish origin, establishes this link and is followed by a first set of Armenian acappella folk songs. The following lieder by Jewish composers Gustav Mahler (Alma´s first husband) on poems by Friedrich Rückert and Arnold Schoenberg (Alma´s life-long friend first in Vienna and later in the U.S.) on poems by Richard Dehmel, were premiered in Vienna. They are equally put in contrast with Armenian folk songs.

The concert ends with a harpsichord concerto, one of the first after the rediscovery of this instrument in the early 20th century. This one by Wolfgang Jacobi has been premiered in Berlin in 1927 at the time when Schoenberg was teaching at the Prussian Academy of Arts. Jacobi has been a rising talent in the 1920, but found his career cut short by the rise of the Nazis because of Jewish ancestors, a fate he shared with Schoenberg and many other composers of his time.

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