Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers during Fascism

9885024_origThere are voices of musicians that still remain unheard but will remain alive forever. This is the case of Jewish musicians and composers in Fascist and Nazi-Fascist Italy who were excluded from theatres, orchestras and music conservatories and whose compositions were banned as ‘degenerate music’. Their experiences and their fate (exclusion, persecution, emigration) will be the theme of an international conference, Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers during Fascism, organized by the Festival Viktor Ullmann and the University of Trieste with the collaboration of the Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, to be held on 26 October 2015. Scholars from different disciplinary fields will examine the relation between the racist phases of Fascism and the lives and works of Jewish composers and musicians. The conference will also host a round table with relatives and students of the persecuted musicians and composers, who will offer their direct testimonies and memories.


Welcome: Regional Councillor for Cultural Affairs, Vice-President of Jewish Community of Trieste, DISU – University of Trieste

SESSION ONE (Monday 26 Oct, 9.30am – 12.30pm)

Music facing Antisemitism and Persecution

Chair: Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste)

Speakers: Michele Sarfatti (Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center), Annalisa Capristo (Center for American Studies of Rome), Luca Lévi Sala (Yale University), Alessandro Carrieri (Monash University, Melbourne)

SESSION TWO (3pm – 5pm)

Music and Resistance

Chair: Alessandro Carrieri

Speakers: Raffaele Deluca (Music Conservatory), Eleonora Carampella (Musicologist and pianist).


Memories and Testimonies

Chairs: Davide Casali (Associazione Musica Libera), Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste)

Speakers: Relatives and students of the Italian Jewish composers and musicians including Guido Alberto Fano, Alberto Gentili Aldo Finzi, Vittorio Rieti, Renzo Massarani, Kurt Sonnenfeld.

Keynote address (5pm – 6pm)

Speaker: Erik Levi (Royal Holloway University of London)

CONCERT (8.30pm – 9.30pm)

Piano: Pierpaolo Levi, music by Aldo Finzi, Renzo Massarani, Vittorio Rieti, Vito Levi.

Attendance at the International Conference is free and open to all. To register, please email Alessandro Carrieri.

More details can be found here.

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