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The City Without Jews


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Arnold Schönberg, foto: Man Ray, ca. 1925
Arnold Schönberg, foto: Man Ray, ca. 1925 Man Ray, CC BY-SA 2.0,, via Wikimedia Commons

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Hanns Eisler
Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain — Variations for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano

The City Without Jews
Silent film by Hans Karl Breslauer, Austria, 1924 — Reconstruction and restored version (black and white, 82 min, © Filmarchiv Austria 2018)

Olga Neuwirth
Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City Without Jews)
Music for a silent film by Hans Karl Breslauer, for amplified ensemble and playback

H.K. Breslauer’s silent film The City Without Jews (1924), based on Hugo Bettauer’s novel, is one of the most important cinematic documents produced in Austria during the interwar period. Seen through a contemporary lens, it stands as a sinister premonition of the Holocaust to come. In 2017 the composer Olga Neuwirth wrote a new score for the restored complete version of the film. Composed for a live ensemble and tape, her music plays with the conventions of the genre and emphasizes the hard-hitting impact of the imagery and narrative.

PHACE, ensemble for contemporary music
Nacho de Paz, conductor