Friday, Feb. 23rd at 7:00: The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Hugo Kauder Society present a special evening of music with the Tesla String Quartet [56 Broadway St., Asheville, NC]. Kauder was the featured composer-in-residence as part of the BMC Summer Music Institute in 1945.
"Our world goes to pieces; we have to rebuild our world. We investigate and worry and analyze and forget that the new comes about through exuberance and not through a defined deficiency. We have to find our strength rather than our weakness. Out of the chaos of collapse we can save the lasting: we still have our "right" or "wrong," the absolute of our inner voice—we still know beauty, freedom, happiness . . . unexplained and unquestioned." -Anni Albers, One Aspect of Art Work
In the 1930's and 40's Black Mountain College was a haven for many European refugee intellectuals and artists displaced by the rise of Nazi Germany. After a fruitful period in Vienna, Hugo Kauder fled Austria for Holland in 1938, then settled in the United States in 1940. He rebuilt his own life with the help of a vital network of refugee musicians, including a core group that made up the Black Mountain College music faculty in the 1940's. Presumably Kauder first met Heinrich Jalowetz in Vienna in the 1920's. Jalowetz was a central figure in Arnold Schoenberg's circle of pupils and colleagues, and he and Kauder shared common ancestral roots. (Jalowetz was also born in Moravia, about 45 miles from Kauder's birthplace, Tobitschau.) During his short time in Holland, Kauder befriended musicologist Edward Lowinsky, who wrote an insightful and passionate essay on Kauder's music in 1946.
The Black Mountain College Summer Institutes in art and music began in 1944. The Second Music Institute in 1945 was devoted to the study of polyphony and ensemble playing. According to the college's own press release, "The Gordon String Quartet performed the Quartets No. 4 and No. 7 of Hugo Kauder, who was invited to the Music Institute as resident composer, and as a representative of a contemporary polyphonic style. Among the works of Hugo Kauder performed during the Music Institute were a sonata for violin and piano, songs, choruses, a horn sonata, and a trio for oboe, horn, and piano." Other participants and performers included Erwin Bodky (harpsichord/piano), Emanuel Zeitlin (violin), Josef Marx (oboe), Eva Heinitz (viola da gamba/cello), Gertrude Straus (violin), and Willem Valkenier (horn). Many of Kauder's works for horn were inspired by and dedicated to Valkenier. They had been close friends since meeting and working together in Vienna before 1920.
The Hugo Kauder Society needs your support
Our goal is to reconnect and establish Kauder's legacy as part of the ongoing rediscovery of the artists and work associated with the legendary Black Mountain College. Kauder's beautiful String Quartet No. 4 will be brought to life again by the renowned Tesla Quartet not far from where it received its American premiere in 1945. We need your help to raise funds for the program, which will cover our share of the artists' performance fees and costs for materials and administrative duties. Be a part of this exciting opportunity to build new partnerships with other passionate organizations and ensembles. To learn more about the String Quartet No. 4 and other works by Kauder, please visit our website.
Risks and challenges
A chamber music ensemble is a dynamic group, and though comprised of only four musicians, there may be instances where schedules make it difficult to convene as a group for rehearsal. The good news is that the Tesla is in residence this spring with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, NC, which is near the Black Mountain College Museum. We have our performance date set, and the good people at the BMC Museum are excited to host this event. The real challenge is to fund the musicians so that they can make the time to learn and master this new music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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