VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
LISTENING TO TCHAIKOVSKY: Béla Hartmann uses his knowledge of Eastern Europe to argue against the banning of all Russian culture following Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
Austrian classical and film composer and pianist Ernst Toch was born in Vienna on 7 December 1887, the son of a Jewish leather dealer. He studied philosophy in Vienna, medicine in Heidelberg and music in Frankfurt, then worked in Mannheim after World War I, developing a new style of polyphony.
When Hitler seized power in 1933, Toch took refuge in Paris and then London, writing film music. He was invited to New York in 1935, moved to California, and managed to earn a living writing film music for Hollywood, and teaching music and philosophy at the University of Southern California. He wrote a book on music theory, and seven symphonies.
Toch died in California on 1 October 1964.
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