Cover Osteuropa 7/2010

In Osteuropa 7/2010

Distinctive, Jewish, Unrecognised
Reasons for M. Weinberg’s “Non-Reception”

Jascha Nemtsov

Deutsche Fassung


For a long time, the phenomenon of “non-reception” in music attracted little attention. Music history was considered just and rational. It seemed to retain what was valuable and to abandon what was less valuable to oblivion. The insight that the forgotten works included treasures that enrich musical life changed the conception of music history. Mieczysław Weinberg’s works were also ignored for decades. One reason is to be found in his musical language. It is rooted in Polish-Jewish musical culture. Weinberg must number among the outstanding composers of the 20th century.

(Osteuropa 7/2010, pp. 25–40)