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The 1930s

Donald Macleod focuses on Hans Gal's life in the years after Hitler's accession. His name appeared on the list of those whose works were not to be published or performed.

Donald Macleod explores the life of Hans Gal in the years after Hitler's accession.

At the peak of Hans Gal's early success in 1933, when he was Director of the Conservatory in Mainz, Germany, he received a letter from the city's authorities. It informed him that he was "hereby suspended... with immediate effect." His name now appeared, together with a great many other Jewish musicians and artists, on the long list of those whose works were henceforward forbidden: no longer to be published or performed.

Donald Macleod explores Hans Gal's life and work in the difficult years that followed, and we hear about his ability to persevere from Gal expert Kenneth Woods.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Hans Gál

    De profundis - cantata for soloists, chorus and orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Simon Joly. Singer: Marie Slorach. Singer: Jean Rigby. Singer: David Johnston. Singer: Roderick Earle. Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Hans Gál

    Sonata in D major for violin and piano

    Performer: David Fruhwirth. Performer: Henri Sigfridsson.
    • AVIE: 0009.
    • AVIE.
    • 1.
  • Hans Gál

    5 Songs (Melodien) Op.33 - The Melancholy Bird

    Singer: Christian Immler. Performer: Helmut Deutsch.
    • AVI Music: 8553229.
    • AVI Music.
    • 5.
  • Hans Gál

    Concerto Op.39 for violin and small orchestra, ii Arioso, iii Rondo

    Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Kenneth Woods. Performer: Annette-Barbara Vogel.
    • AVIE: 2146.
    • AVIE.
    • 1.
  • Hans Gál

    3 Preludes Op.65 for piano

    Performer: Leon McCawley.
    • AVIE : AV-2064.
    • AVIE.
    • 23.

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