On the Wings of Song: Jewish Involvement in Music

Arno Nadel

From its own archives and art collection, the Leo Baeck Institute has put together an exhibit to showcase the countless musicians, composers and patrons who enriched European cultural life throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Many were Jewish, while others, like Mozart, received early and important support in the salons of cosmopolitan Jewish women such as Fanny von Arnstein and her sister Cäcilie Eskeles.

Mozart lived in the von Arnstein residence in Vienna for an extended period of time and composed some of his most inspired works there, including The Abduction from the Seraglio and the Haffner Symphony. Beethoven dedicated one of his songs to Cäcilie Eskeles in gratitude for her patronage. Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Klemperer and other great names in our Western musical heritage are also well represented in this special showing of rarely seen treasures from the Leo Baeck Institute.

June 6 through August 31, 2006 at Leo Baeck Institute

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