POSTCARDS FROM EUROPE is a research and communication project which centres on the cultural, political and social events of 1930s Central Europe. In particular it brings to the public the suppressed voices of the musicians deemed by the regime of the Third Reich to be ‘entartete’  (‘degenerate’).

The project focuses on gypsy music and on Jewish composers whose music was banned from performance and who themselves were systematically denied work from 1933 onwards -  the extraordinary lost musical tradition of composers such as Franz Schreker, Alexander Zemlinsky, Erwin Schulhoff, Hans Gal, Peter Gellhorn, Robert Dauber - some of whom emigrated, others of whom perished in concentration camps.

We research and play their music and tell their stories, giving voice again to this lost musical tradition and seek to honour both their lives and the lives of all those who suffered during this period of persecution.

These works are set against the central European musical background of works by for example, Smetana and Bartok. Concerts also feature narration on the subject of Music & Displacement in central Europe 1933-1945.


Greek TV interview please click here

http://youtu.be/qKgAbnlrIc4

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Postcards from Europe


Marianne Olyver - violin

Nigel Yandell  - piano