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Jonny spielt auf | Stephen Jones: a blog

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In my put up on Erich Korngold, I discussed Richard Taruskin’s 1994 essay “The golden age of kitsch”, the place he evaluations CDs of Korngold’s Das wunder der Heliane and Ernst Krenek’s 1937 “jazz opera” Jonny spielt auf [Jonny goes to town, or Jonny strikes up]. So right here I’ll introduce the latter.

Alex Ross (The relaxation is noise, Chapter 6 “City of nets: Berlin in the 20s”) supplies background.

For a short time within the late 20s, Krenek acquired certifiable, virtually Gershwin-like celeb. […] Like so many younger Austrians and Germans, he yearned to interrupt out of the hothouse of Romantic and Expressionist artwork, to affix the milling throngs within the new democratic avenue.

Taruskin’s sometimes polemical essay is price citing at some size.

The Nazi idea of inventive degeneracy was incoherent and opportunistic, and so is Decca/London’s advertising technique. It took little or no…


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