German festival focuses onNazi's 'Degenerate Music'

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10 September 2004 , SCHWERIN - A classical music competition with the title "Degenerate Music" will take place in Germany later this month focussing on works and composers derided or banned by the Nazis, organisers announced. Some 60 musicians from 13 nations will take part in the competition in Schwerin, northern Germany, from 22 to 26 September. "This is the first time that such a competition has been held anywhere," said competition official Volker Ahmels. "We are doing this as our contribution to comm

10 September 2004  

SCHWERIN - A classical music competition with the title "Degenerate Music" will take place in Germany later this month focussing on works and composers derided or banned by the Nazis, organisers announced.

Some 60 musicians from 13 nations will take part in the competition in Schwerin, northern Germany, from 22 to 26 September.

"This is the first time that such a competition has been held anywhere," said competition official Volker Ahmels.

"We are doing this as our contribution to commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945."

They will perform works by classical composers whose works were condemned during the Third Reich as "degenerate" because of their political convictions or because the composers were Jewish.

They included Arnold Schoenberg, Bruno Walter, Anton Webern, Erik Korngold, Otto Klemperer and others.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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