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The musical migration and Ernst Toch
Jezic, Diane.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Ames : Iowa State University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xi, 220 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Torch worklist / compiled by Alyson McLamore": p. 165-173.
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ML410.T54 J5 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Jezic's primary objectives were to resurrect Toch's music and reputation and to illuminate the circumstances that brought Toch and numerous other composers to the US from Germany and Austria in the 1930s. This modest biography, the only one on Toch, adds to the rapidly growing literature on 20th-century music and composers affected dramatically by war and other political situations. Most American arts and sciences were enhanced immeasurably by immigrants; in music the contribution often resulted from the offer of university teaching posts to composers whose music was banned by Hitler or whose lives were endangered by anti-Semitism. Hindemith (Yale) and Schoenberg (UCLA) are the most famous of the 24 emigres Jezic describes with varying degrees of detail. Self-taught as a composer, Toch was a passionate pedagogue, especially adept at nurturing talent without enforcing his or anyone else's styles. His other success, often unacknowledged, was in the film studios but was offset by difficulties with publishers on both continents and the lack of adequate performances of his major pieces. Toch's wife and daughter provided Jezic intimate insight into the composer's shyness, his musical preferences, and the fascinating, loosely knit group of expatriates in southern California, including Bertold Brecht, Thomas Mann, and Alma Mahler Werfel. Excellent appendixes include a discography, filmography, and lists of Toch's music and prose. For advanced undergraduate and graduate music students, and historians of this period and subject. -R. Zierolf, University of Cincinnati