V058: Entartete Musik

VHS (NTSC), Decca, color, 35:00 (Gift of Belmont Music Publishers)

Produced and directed by Beata Romanowski
Executive producer: Didier de Cottignies
A Video Express Production

Time Description
0:00 Photos of "degenerate" composers
0:50 Urban scenes from 1930s, voice-over discusses persecution of Jewish and avant-garde composers under the Nazis
1:40 Decca is bringing out a new series of works devoted to works stamped "degenerate" by the Nazis: "Entartete Musik: music suppressed by the third reich"
2:30 Scenes of Europe in the 1920s; energetic artistic life
3:25 Interview with Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
3:50 Cultural life in the Weimar Republic
4:20 Interview with Norman Lebrecht, writer on music
4:40 Goldschmidt
5:00 Cabaret and film production in Berlin
6:30 Photo of Schoenberg conducting in Berlin; one of many composers forging new paths at the time
7:10 Discussion of two operas: Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane, and Krenek's Jonny spielt auf
8:20 Interview with John Mauceri, conductor
9:45 Scenes from a production of Jonny spielt auf (Graz, 1980)
10:25 Interview with Lothar Zagrosek, conductor
11:15 Interview with Ernst Krenek, composer
12:15 Zagrosek, scenes from Jonny spielt auf 
13:00 Dance music, Nazi agitation, party marches, Nürnberg rallies
15:00 Footage of Thomas Mann reading a statement after his arrival in the US (New York, 1938)
15:40 Goebbels addressing crowd, book burning
16:15 Lebrecht
16:40 Goebbels speaking on "German art"
17:15 Hitler speaking on degenerate art and scenes of the Munich exhibition
18:45 Scenes of the new, approved artistic style
19:30 Interview with Albrecht Dümling, musicologist
19:40 Scenes of Nazi Vienna; exhibition of degenerate music in Düsseldorf
20:00 Dümling
20:15 Goldschmidt
20:25 Lebrecht
21:00 Poster against Krenek's opera
21:15 Zagrosek
22:00 Footage of deportation of Jews to the camps
23:00 Lebrecht
23:30 Scenes from a production of Hans Krasa's children's opera Brundibár (Theresienstadt, 1941)
24:00 Nazi propaganda films of Theresienstadt
25:00 Exodus of Jewish musicians
25:30 Lebrecht
26:15 Scenes of emigres in America, including Schoenberg and Mann at Malibu party
27:00 Discussion of Korngold and Waxman's activities as film composers
27:50 Mauceri; scenes from films for which they composed scores
28:50 Liberation of Germany; post-war devastation
29:45 Mauceri; reaction against "emotional" composition
30:00 Lebrecht, discussing the importance of Pierre Boulez and Karl Heinz Stockhausen in the post-war musical world
Zagrosek, discussing Goldschmidt
31:20 Goldschmidt
32:00 Goldschmidt performing his own piano works
33:20 Credits: list of forthcoming releases, Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder plays in background
35:00 End