Music Banned By The Nazis

Degenerate Music | Music Banned By The Nazis

The Nazi campaign against so-called ‘degenerate music’, saw works by such composers as Weill, Schoenberg and Hindemith denounced and suppressed. More than 70 years later, much of this music is still unknown. Baritone Peter Brathwaite on his mission to bring it to a new audience.

Devised by Peter Brathwaite, Entartete Musik: Music Banned by the Nazis is a critical song-based reconstruction of the infamous Entartete Musik (Degenerate Music) exhibition of 1938, intended by the Nazi government to alert the German public to “inferior and ultimately dangerous” forms of music, particularly jazz and Jewish music.

Through bravura interpretations of songs by Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht; Kurt Weill and Lion Feuchtwanger; Friedrich Hollaender and Kurt Tucholsky; excerpts from Ernst Krenek's jazz-opera, Jonny spielt auf, and atonal Schoenberg, the show not only gives a fascinating insight into the Berlin political cabarets of the Twenties and Thirties, but highlights the extraordinary range of musical styles unjustly branded as "degenerate". The songs are interspersed with spoken excerpts from the Entartete Musik exhibition pamphlet (1938), whilst video projections created by James Symonds show scenes of everyday life during the days of the Weimar Republic.

Entartete Musik is at the Manchester Jewish Museum on 27 January 2016 from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. To find out more information, please visit