Conference paper presented in Vienna by David Fligg.
|Date||23rd February 2017|
This paper posed a series of questions as part of its investigation: How did Gideon Klein's upbringing within a traditional Jewish Moravian family, with its tensions between the conservative older generation, and the younger left-leaning pioneering Zionists, inform his future musical activities? How did his contact, when only in his teens, with Prague’s post-empire avant-garde artistic circles, affect his own cultural aesthetic? What impact did the erosion of personal freedoms under Nazi occupation in Prague have on how he coped with the rupture in normality, and how is this reflected in his music?
The presentation took place at mdw University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, hosted by the Department of Musicology and Performance Studies, as part of the 'Musical Culture/s of the Habsburg Monarchy and its Successors States' symposium. Twenty-four presentations by scholars from Europe and the US discussed the concept of Empire in various parts of its territory, characteristics of musical life and historiography, activities of music institutions, media, as well as composers, musicians, instrument builders, processes of migrations, nation building, between the 18th and 20th centuries.