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‘Degenerate’ Chamber Music Once Banned by Nazis to be Showcased

A chamber music recital program at Duquesne University will feature works once banned by the Nazis as “degenerate.”

The program, Entartete Musik, includes five works created between 1896 and 1956. The recital will feature five composers—Bohuslav Martinu, Pavel Haas, Franz Schreker, Hans Krasa and Alexander Zemlinsky—whose works were censored and discredited by the Nazis as part of a systematic repression of the arts from 1933–1945.

Duquesne music professor and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Ron Samuels brought the idea to life and will perform with faculty colleagues from the Mary Pappert School of Music and special guest Marc Moskovitz. A cellist, Moskovitz has authored a biography of one of the composers, Zemlinsky: a Lyric Symphony, which will be published by Boydell & Brewer Ltd. Press this summer.

When: Saturday, April 17, 3 p.m.

Where: PNC Recital Hall, Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

Admission: A donation of $10 is suggested.

Information: For more information, visit www.duq.edu/music, call the Mary Pappert School of Music at 412.396.6083 or email bromleyc@duq.edu.

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