Music: Kulturbolschewist

In the summer of 1934 Germany's Nazi Kulturkammer (Chamber of Culture), enraged by a much-publicized performance of Paul Hindemith's modernistic, juiceless, but adept suite, Mathis der Maler, declared its composer a pernicious Kulturbolschewist (cultural Bolshevist). Despite a plea by Germany's star conductor, Wilhelm Furtwängler, who had introduced the work at a Berlin concert, Composer Hindemith's compositions were officially banned from German concert programs. Conductor Furtwängler resigned his job in protest, cried: "It is a crime to attempt to defame and drive him [Hindemith] from Germany, since none of the younger generation...

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