The traumatic experiences of the First World War forced Erwin Schulhoff and many artists of his generation to re-evaluate their relationship with the culture of the past.

Erwin Schulhoff was one of the most exciting voices in the post-WWI music scene, but due to his death in the Wülzburg concentration camp, he is now remembered principally as a “holocaust composer.”

This article, “Parables of the Old Men and the Young: The Multifarious Modernisms of Erwin Schulhoff’s String Quartets,” by Yoel Greenberg, places Schulhoff in the early 1920s, and interprets his music as a reaction to WWI, resonant with the art, poetry, and literature of the time.

The article is freely available for a limited time via Music & Letters.

Image: Composer Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) and dancer Milča Mayerová (1901-1977), c. 1931. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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