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15 Mar 2010

‘Degenerate’ Opera: Hear No Evil

By Seth Colter Walls [Newsweek, 15 March 2010]

The story of Franz Schreker flips classical music’s greatest cliché on its head. Instead of toiling in obscurity during his life and gaining fame only after death, the Austrian was a star as a young composer—before he was all but erased from history. In 1919, the influential critic Paul Bekker wrote that Schreker was the only operatic author with a claim to Wagner’s exalted legacy.

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