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Walter, Werner and Wilhelm’s far-distant spring

Expressionist voices from Vienna, Frankfurt and Berlin


Baxter Concert Hall, Cape Town

Lives profoundly altered by displacement and flight; musicians using every practical means to sustain themselves; unjust detention and untimely death.  These factors link the histories of the three composers in this concert, yet their music conveys a fascination with melody, expression and a commitment to tonal beauty. Thought to be lost, Wilhelm Grosz’s String Quartet was recently discovered in an archive in the Netherlands. Walter Wurzburger’s compositions during his decade in Australia remain unknown. Werner Baer’s  characteristic whimsy and fondness for cabaret-style combines with his love of Bach in a setting for clarinet and piano.


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