Background: The Nazis attempted a transformation of German music
by driving out not only Jewish performers and conductors, but also any
music written by Jews, or music the Nazis thought inconsistent with their
worldview. This is an interesting list dating, it looks, to 1939. The
text at the top translates: “Following the regulation to protect
musical cultural works of 29 March 1939 (German Legal Reporter #77 of
31 March 1939, Völkischer Beobachter, Full edition Nr. 84
of 4 April 1939), the Reich Music Examination Office has declared the
following musical works as undesired and harmful. Publishing, distributing
or performing these works is forbidden in the German Reich.” It’s
an interesting list.
The Source: This comes from a scan of the original provided to me by a friend of the site.
First Listing of Undesired Musical Works
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