Cover Osteuropa 7/2010

In Osteuropa 7/2010

“But What Counts Is the Music”
Mieczysław Weinberg’s Life and Work

David Fanning

Deutsche Fassung


The discovery of Mieczysław Weinberg’s work is not a flash in the pan. The more music from Weinberg’s pen becomes known, the more clear it becomes that this Soviet composer of Polish-Jewish origin was not only one of the most productive but also one of the most creative of the 20th century. He completely mastered the mediums of music and drew on its wealth of folkloric and artistic sources for his work. The power of his music can make life better. The question is raised all the more: How could it take so long for this music to come into its own?

(Osteuropa 7/2010, pp. 5–24)