Anneliese Landau's Life in Music

March 2019
9 black and white illustrations
246 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580469517
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS050000, HIS022000, SOC028000

Anneliese Landau's Life in Music

Nazi Germany to Émigré California

Lily E. Hirsch

A detailed and moving account of the life of Anneliese Landau, who, in Nazi Germany and later in émigré California, fought against prejudice to do notable work in music.
This book introduces readers to a woman who truly persisted. Anneliese Landau pushed past bias to earn a PhD in musicology in 1930. She then lectured on early German radio, breaking new ground in a developing medium. After the Nazis forced the firing of all Jews in broadcasting in early 1933, Landau worked for a time in the Berlin Jewish Culture League (Jüdischer Kulturbund), a closed cultural organization created by and for Jews in negotiation with Hitler's regime. But, in 1939, she would emigrate alone, the fate of her family members tied separately to the Kindertransport and to the Terezín concentration camp.

Landau eventually settled in Los Angeles, assuming duties as music director of the Jewish Centers Association in 1944. In this role, she knew and worked with many significant historical figures, among them the composer Arnold Schoenberg, conductor Bruno Walter, and the renowned rabbi and philosopher Leo Baeck.

Anneliese Landau's Life in Music offers fresh perspective on the Nazi period in Germany as well as on music in southern California, impacted as it was by the many notable émigrés from German-speaking lands who settled in the area. But the book, the first to study Landau's life in full, is also a unique story of survival: an account of one woman's confrontation with other people's expectations of her, as a woman and a Jew.

Lily E. Hirsch is the author of A Jewish Orchestra in Nazi Germany: Musical Politics and the Berlin Jewish Culture League.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Black Thread
Standing Up
Loss and Gain
Her Belin
On the Air
An End and a Beginning
The Jewish Culture League
Jewish Music in Nazi Germany
Leaving Again
Judaism in Music Revisited
Forbidden Music
The Pull West
The Jewish Community Center
International Composers
Making Music After War
A Cold War in the Sun
Spotlighting Composers
Back to Europe
Going Place
Valley of the Dismissed?
At Her Desk
In Memoriam
Conclusion: "I Was There"

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