Erich Wolfgang Korngold (20th Century Composers)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (20th Century Composers) by Jessica Duchen 0714831557 9780714831558
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The 20th century has seen the triumphal progression of an avant-garde aesthetic in virtually every field of art: theater, painting, and even music. But what of those artists who dont toe the fashionable line? Erich Wolfgang Korngold, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was a child prodigy. Also like Mozart, he had a domineering father. Julius Korngold was a musical archconservative and he carefully guided the genius of his second son into respectable forms of musical expression, even while others began experimenting with serialism and jazz. When their native Austria was incorporated into the Third Reich, the Korngolds wisely took up residence in America, where Erich earned a comfortable living scoring music for Hollywood blockbusters. Korngold was a perfectionist with an almost operatic approach to his film work, but his tonal proclivities and work in popular music ruined his status as a serious musician--at least in the eyes of the musical establishment. The last few years have seen a rise in Korngolds popularity among Americas musical movers and shakers, and a new appreciation for his work, cinematic and otherwise, has developed. Jessica Duchens well-considered discussion of the life and work of this intriguing man should continue the much-needed rehabilitation of the long-embattled tonal composers of this century.

Author: Jessica Duchen

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 239

Publisher: Phaidon Press

Publication Date: 1996-05-30


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