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Jewish Museum Vienna

Jewish Museum Vienna

With a Fin­is­age con­cert ends the exhi­bi­tion about the com­pos­er Erich Wolf­gang Korn­gold and his father, the music crit­ic Julius Korn­gold at the Jew­ish Muse­um on May 18.

It shows, among oth­er things, rare items from the col­lec­tions of the Warn­er Broth­ers Archive and Muse­um in Los Ange­les, the Korn­gold fam­i­ly, some Aus­tri­an archives, and oth­er pri­vate col­lec­tions includ­ing the famous  “Library of Con­gress.” Many of the per­son­al doc­u­ments and pho­tos from this exhi­bi­tion have nev­er been shown pub­licly.

The Clos­ing Con­cert on Sun­day May 18, 2008 at 18:30 includes exam­ples from unpub­lished songs by Erich Wolf­gang Korn­gold — they will be pre­sent­ed by Gün­ter Haumer, bari­tone, and Chan­da Van­der­Hart, piano.

The pro­gram includes the “Chan­sons de Don Qui­chotte” by Jacques Ibert, and a selec­tion from “Six­teen songs of love, fideli­ty and mar­riage” by Julius Bit­tner as well as ear­ly songs by the young Korn­gold.

They show the extra­or­di­nary tal­ent of the com­pos­er who cre­ates the foun­da­tion of late roman­tic musi­cal lan­guage all his own indi­vid­ual sound world.

Chanda VanderHart and Austrian baritone Günter Haumer

Die Korngolds. Klischee, Kritik und Komposition

28. Novem­ber 2007 — 18. May 2008

Few fam­i­lies reflects the Vien­nese musi­cal life at the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tu­ry bet­ter than the Korn­gold. The father, Julius Korn­gold was one of the most pow­er­ful and feared crit­ic of his time. He was suc­ceed­ed by Theodor Her­zl as Eduard Hanslick hired as a music crit­ic for the then most impor­tant Ger­man-lan­guage news­pa­per, the Neue Freie Presse. His son, Erich Wolf­gang, how­ev­er, was a musi­cal prodi­gy who was often com­pared to Mozart. Works as the opera “Die Tote Stadt” were among the most per­formed plays of his time.

With the expul­sion of Jew­ish com­posers, from 1933, first from Ger­many, then also from Aus­tria, Erich Wolf­gang again found him­self in Hol­ly­wood. Unlike many fel­low suf­fer­ers, he was able to build on suc­cess­ful work with Max Rein­hardt, who in 1934 made ​​him eli­gi­ble for the pro­cess­ing of Mendelssohn’s “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” to Hol­ly­wood. Erich Wolf­gang Korn­gold cre­at­ed as a film music com­pos­er, what did the “Hol­ly­wood Sound” film his­to­ry. Win­ner of two Oscars (includ­ing the leg­endary film “The Adven­tures of Robin Hood” with Errol Fly­nn and Olivia de Hav­il­land) Korn­gold is still regard­ed as one of the most suc­cess­ful and most impor­tant Hol­ly­wood com­posers.

The issue before the back­ground, the father-son rela­tion­ship, the most cre­ative peri­ods of EW Korn­gold is, his suc­cess as a child prodi­gy, his tri­umphs as a com­pos­er and world-wide as Operette­narrangeur its col­lab­o­ra­tion with Max Rein­hardt, his suc­cess in Hol­ly­wood, but also the failed attempt, after the war in Vien­na back on their feet.

Lis­ten­ing Sta­tions with excerpts from Korngold’s music and film clips illus­trate his great­est suc­cess­es and also allow an approx­i­ma­tion to the pri­vate Korn­gold, his fam­i­ly and his friends.

Cura­tors: Michaela Feuer­stein-Prass­er, Michael Haas

Palais Eske­les
Dorotheer­gasse 11
1010 Vien­na

Pho­to “Chan­da Van­der­Hart and Gün­ter Haumer” by Max­i­m­il­ian Van Lon­don