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History of the Salzburg Festival

History of the Salzburg Festival

by Steven Gallup

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Founded in 1920 by theater director Max Reinhardt, poet-playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal and composer Richard Strauss and intended as a tribute to Mozart, the Salzburg Festival has attracted almost every major musician of our time. In this useful account, a Howard University historian describes Salzburg not only as an institution, but also as an ``idea'' and ``ideal'' that ``evolved and mutated against the background of our cacophonous century.'' From uncertainty and fear to hope and prosperity, and, finally, after WW II, a new inventiveness, its fortunes tended to mirror Austria's complex internal cultural politics and intensive provincial intrigues. Rightly dominating the book are Reinhardt and three great conductors, Toscanini, Furtwangler and Karajan, the latter of whom has virtually controlled the festival for the past 30 years. Photos. (March)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This beautiful village on the Salzach, where Mozart was born in 1756, was selected as the site in 1920 of a new festival. It was not, and has not remained, solely a musical eventtheater has also figured in its scheme. In fact, what we are offered here is more a political than a musical history of the festival. Very early after it was established, anti-Semitism and Nazism began to cancel the benefits offered by Toscanini; after the war, the political activities of Germanic artists had to be investigated. While offering little on repertoire or on non-conducting artists, this is fascinatingly told. Dominique-Rene de Lerma, Morgan State Univ., Baltimore

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