Music from the Weimar Republic

Karl Grill active at the Bauhaus 1920-29, Spiral costume, from the ‘Triadic ballet’, c.1926-27 gelatin silver photograph 22.5 x 16.2 cm J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Photo The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

A musical companion to the exhibition The Made Square: Modernity in German Art 1910–1937  currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria will be held this Sunday at the NGV. It will explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of this last great age of music. Dr Peter Tregear, director of of the Monash Academy of Performing Arts at Monash University, writes that “Political crises.  Economic turmoil.  Moral confusion. Well we might describe our own times in such terms, but this is also how we have typically imagined the Weimar Republic, that period of government in modern Germany that encompassed the end of the First World War to the rise of the Third Reich. This is the world we have come to know from the musical and film Cabaret, but such a representation does not reflect the extraordinary range of creative activity that flourished at this time, nor its continuing relevance to our own.” More here.

Join Ensemble Liaison and friends for rare and Australian premiere performances including Franz Schreker’s Der Wind and Ernst Krenek’s Die Nachtigall. Supported by the Jewish Music Institute (SOAS University of London), International Centre for Suppressed Music, Monash University.

Date: Sunday 26 February at 2pm,

Venue: National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. Entry is free.