Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers during Fascism

Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers during Fascism International Conference, Trieste, 26 Oct 2015

Italian Jewish Musicians and Composers during Fascism. Trieste – 26th October 2015
Venue: Sala del Ridotto del Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste

There are voices of musicians that still remain unheard but will remain alive forever. This is the case of Italian Jewish musicians and composers in Fascist and Nazi-Fascist Italy. At that time, their specific situation gradually worsened: they were excluded by theatres, orchestras and music conservatories and Jewish authors’ compositions were banned as they were considered as degenerate music. The aim of this International Conference is to explore, through critical perspectives and innovative methodological approaches, the events that led to the exclusion of Jewish musicians and composers from Italian theatres and conservatories, to their persecution and then, in some cases, to their emigration. Furthermore, the musical relations between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy from 1933 to 1945 will be analysed. We will bring together scholars from different disciplinary fields to gain a clearer insight of the racist phases of Fascism in relation to the lives and works of these composers and musicians. The conference will host a round table with some relatives and students of the persecuted musicians and composers, who will offer their direct testimonies and memories.

The International Conference will be organized by the Festival Viktor Ullmann and the University of Trieste – Department of Humanities with the collaboration of Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste.

Welcome: Regional Councillor for Cultural Affaris, Vice-President of Jewish Community of Trieste, DISU – University of Trieste

SESSION ONE (Monday 26th October, 9.30am – 12.30pm)
Music facing Antisemitism and Persecution
Chair: Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste)
Speakers: Michele Sarfatti (Foundation Jewish Contemporary Documentation Center), Annalisa Capristo (Center for American Studies of Rome) Luca Lévi Sala (Yale University), Alessandro Carrieri (Monash University- Melbourne)

SESSION TWO (Monday 26th October, 3pm – 5pm)
Music and Resistance
Chair: Alessandro Carrieri – (Monash University – Melbourne)
Speakers: Raffaele Deluca (Music Conservatory of Cuneo), Eleonora Carampella (Musicologist and Pianist).

Memories and Testimonies
Chairs: Davide Casali (Associazione Musica Libera), Tullia Catalan (University of Trieste)
Speakers: Some relatives and students of the Italian Jewish Composers and Musicians such as Guido Alberto Fano, Alberto Gentili, Aldo Finzi, Vittorio Rieti, Renzo Massarani, Kurt Sonnenfeld.

END SESSION (Monday 26th October, 5pm – 6pm)
Keynote speaker: Erik Levi (Royal Holloway University of London)

FINAL CONCERT (Monday 26th October, 8.30pm – 9.30pm)
Piano: Pierpaolo Levi, music by Aldo Finzi, Renzo Massarani, Vittorio Rieti, Vito Levi.

Attendance at the International Conference is free and open to all.

To register, please email Alessandro Carrieri (
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