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Original Series: Recovered Voices: Highlights Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff

Remarkable life and music of the innovative Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) is in the center of the original multimedia series "Recovered Voices" presented by the Colburn School's Ziering-Conlon Initiative. Each episode of the four-part online series is hosted by Maestro James Conlon and run through December 14, 2021.

45-minute lectures, with a special emphasis on Erwin Schulhoff will be available online thereafter in full.

All episodes premiere at 12 pm PT

The first episode is available HERE

Erwin Schulhoff was only one of many composers whose works were banned during the years of the Nazi regime in Europe. James Conlon discusses the reasons for that nefarious policy, as well as what must be done—and is being done—to address such moral, historical, and artistic injustice.
November 16, 2021
Erwin Schulhoff’s Early Life and Music: Tradition Meets Dada

As a young Czech composer, Schulhoff absorbed the musical trends and techniques of his time. However, his experience as a frontline soldier in World War I caused him to re-examine the artist’s role in society, leading Schulhoff to explore new and provocative approaches.
November 30, 2021
Erwin Schulhoff: A Classical Music Jazz Prophet

By the early 1920s, the jazzy syncopations of American dance music had taken Europe by storm. Schulhoff embraced this new energy, incorporating it into his own compositions with a fervor that was unmatched by any of his contemporaries.
December 14, 2021
Erwin Schulhoff: The Twenties and a Turn Toward Socialist Realism

As the exuberant “Jazz Age” waned, Schulhoff grappled with personal and professional setbacks. Always leaning heavily toward Socialism, his politics (and his music) crystallized around Marxist ideology in the 1930s, which led to his arrest during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia and to his premature death in a Bavarian internment camp in 1942.

Learn more about the series HERE