- G. SCHIRMER, INC. AND EXILARTE SIGN HISTORICAL AGREEMENT TO RESTORE, PRESERVE AND PUBLISH HUNDREDS OF MUSICAL WORKS LOST IN THE HOLOCAUST
NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- American classical music publisher, G. Schirmer, Inc. (part of Wise Music Group) has signed a landmark agreement with the Exilarte Center for Banned Music in Vienna, Austria, the world's leading center for the restoration, preservation and publication of composers banned by the Nazis during World War II.
G. Schirmer and Exilarte will make available more than 400 musical works: more than 300 songs, 100 chamber music works, 50 orchestral works, several vocal and stage works, and numerous film scores, all of which have not yet been published. G. Schirmer will act as publisher of all works restored by Exilarte and, through the foundation of the Wise Music Group, will offer continued financial support to Exilarte to ensure the continued restoration, preservation, and publication of the works of composers banned over the decades. of 1930 and 1940.
Robert Thompson, CEO of G. Schirmer/Wise Music, said: "The agreement between Exilarte and G. Schirmer will ensure that these composers who were silenced during World War II are not forgotten, their legacies restored and their musical works brought to the public. for the first time in performances and recordings".
Dr. Gerold Gruber, founder of Exilarte and president of the Exilarte Center, explained: "The Nazis wanted a world in which the music of Jewish composers had been banned and forgotten. Therefore, it is our obligation to counteract these policies by rescuing the music of composers exiled from oblivion. The cooperation between Exilarte and Schirmer/Wise is of incredible value to future generations."
Founded in 2006 as an association to address the preservation of music that had been suppressed by the Nazi regime, largely written by Jewish composers who were targeted by the genocidal anti-Semitic policies of the Third Reich, Exilarte in 2016 became a center of fully accredited research and archive based on the historic campus of the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Exilarte's principal investigator is Dr. Michael Haas, a Grammy Award-winning classical music producer and author of Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis (Yale University Press).
G. Schirmer, Inc. is the oldest continuously active North American music publisher, founded in 1861. For more information, visit www.exilarte.org and www.wisemusicclassical.com
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