The Political OrchestraThe Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics During the Third Reich

The Political OrchestraThe Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics During the Third Reich

Fritz Trümpi

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226251394

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

Through a comparison of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics in the Third Reich, Fritz Trümpi offers a richly detailed study of National Socialist musical politics. The politicization of the competing orchestras, whose relationship mirrored a larger rivalry between Vienna and Berlin, served on both sides to cement Nazi authority, though the process played out quite differently for each ensemble. After a comparative look at the early histories of each orchestra, Trümpi explores continuities and breaks in the orchestral business after the rise of the National Socialists and the Anschluss of Austria into Nazi Germany. Along the way, he presents a range of provocative archival material, some presented here for the very first time.