War and peace: 200 years of Australian-German artistic relations

Butler, Rex and Donaldson, A. D. S. (2015) War and peace: 200 years of Australian-German artistic relations. EMAJ Electronic Melbourne Art Journal, 1 8: 1-24.

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Author Butler, Rex
Donaldson, A. D. S.
Title War and peace: 200 years of Australian-German artistic relations
Journal name EMAJ Electronic Melbourne Art Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-6656
Publication date 2015-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 1
Issue 8
Start page 1
End page 24
Total pages 24
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Fine Arts Network
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
An overview of Australian-German Artistic Relations over the past two hundred years. The guns were barely silent on the Western Front when on 23 November 1918 Belgian-born Henri Verbrugghen took to the stage of the recently established NSW Conservatorium and softly tapped his baton, bringing the audience to silence. Then into this silence Verbrugghen called down the immortal opening chords of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the ‘Choral’, with its celebrated fourth movement ‘Ode to Joy’, based on Schiller’s words. A difficult piece to stage because of the considerable orchestral forces required, the performance was nevertheless a triumph, and all the more so for the occasion it marked, the Allied victory over Germany. Due to the long lead time and the necessity for extensive rehearsal, its being played at the signing of peace was a coincidence, but nevertheless a very serendipitous one.
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Additional Notes This paper was originally given as a lecture on July 23 2014 at the Goethe-Institut, Sydney, as part of its commemoration of the centenary of the World War I.

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