Royal Northern College of Music – Hungarian Jewish Composers and the Holocaust

January 24, 2018 @ 4:15 pm Europe/London Timezone
The RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD

In Hungary Jewish musicians were restricted in their studies and work first by the numerus clausus law passed in 1920 and later by the Jewish laws of 1938 and 1939. The restriction was fully tightened with the German occupation of Hungary in March 1944. Tragically, many talented musicians were murdered in the Holocaust; some of them never had the chance to fulfil their talents, others had their works destroyed. In this talk Dr Ágnes Kőry will examine the historical background and show the astonishing resistance and resilience which many Hungarian Jewish musicians demonstrated in the face of unimaginable hardship and horrors. Of the many murdered musicians, Kőry will focus on three composers: Ferencz/Franz Weisz, Sándor Kuti and László Weiner. Weiner may be deemed as of particular interest to the RNCM as his widow, Vera Rózsa, eventually became a much respected singing teacher at this college (as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and as a private teacher). The presentation will include short music examples by Weisz, Kuti and Weiner.