Suppressed Music

How might the musical language of in Western Europe have evolved in the twentieth century if so many young composers had not been stopped from working, forced into exile or killed by the Nazis? This is a subject that is now being addressed with increasing intensity world-wide. The aim of the International Centre for Suppressed Music (ICSM) is to re-examine the work of composers whose careers were affected: to recover music suppressed by totalitarian regimes and later neglected, to restore, publish, perform and record the music. ICSM is also collecting an archive of interviews with surviving composers, musicians, their families and friends as well as manuscripts, scores and other documents showing how composers and musicians tackled both their musical and their political challenges.

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