Verboten und Verbannt

Forgotten and Banned

From the Salzburg Festival 2005

A multi-layer project featuring the stories and musical works of composers whom the National Socialists had banned, outlawed, drove into exile and in some cases even murdered.

This project engages on a political level with one of the darkest chapters in human history and aims to show that art is ultimately more powerful than evil and brute force.

Concept by Thomas Hampson

Introduction to Verboten und Verbannt - "Forgotten Composers - Forgotten Music"


An Introduction to “Forgotten Composers – Forgotten Music”

Art is not just entertainment, it holds up a mirror to our souls...What does it mean when we deny works of art? What does that say about us?

Thomas Hampson

Concert Program, Song Texts, Translations, and Essay


Verboten und Verbannt
(August 2005)


Verboten und Verbannt
Song Texts & Translations


Persecuted Composers – Persecuted Music

Audio selections from the 2005 Salzburg Festival Concert


Felix Mendelssohn :
“Auf Flügeln des Gesanges”


Giacomo Meyerbeer: “Komm!”


Alexander Zemlinsky:
“Mit Trommeln und Pfeifen”


Erich Zeisl: “Die Nacht bricht an”

Wherever they burn books, they will, in the end, burn people!

Heinrich Heine

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