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100 1  Kestenberg, Leo,|d1882-1962,|eauthor. 
245 10 Leo Kestenberg and Franz W. Beidler :|bcomplete 
       correspondence 1933-1956 /|ctranslated and edited by 
       Philip A. Maxwell. 
246 14 Leo Kestenberg, Franz W. Beidler :|bcomplete 
       correspondence 1933-1956 
264  1 Victoria, BC, Canada :|bOnline  Press,|c2013. 
264  4 |c©2013. 
300    329 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm 
336    text|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|2rdamedia 
338    volume|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes index. 
520    Franz Beidler was not only the grandson of Richard Wagner 
       but also the executive secretary of Leo Kestenberg. Leo 
       Kestenberg was the most powerful and most progressive arts
       administrator in Weimar Germany, from the early 1920s 
       until the end of 1931. He was so important in the 
       democratic Germany of the 1920s that he was commonly known
       as Pope Leo Kestenberg fashioned a reform of musical 
       pedagogy in Germany that improved this area immensely. So 
       successful were the changes introduced that the so-called 
       "Kestenberg Reform" still continues to have great 
       influence today, all over the world. Kestenberg also began
       a great progressive movement in opera at the Kroll Opera 
       in Berlin. He engaged great conductors such as Otto 
       Klemperer and Erich Kleiber and excellent singers and 
       musicians. The stage design and direction was often 
       shockingly modern and very relevant to the times. 
       Kestenberg improved university education during the 1920s 
       by appointing great composers like Schoenberg, Hindemith, 
       Schreker, and Pfitzner to teaching posts. Working in 
       Kestenberg's offices, Franz W. Beidler and his wife Ellen 
       produced a Year Book of Music in 1931 which catalogued 
       every aspect of musical life in Germany. It would have 
       continued the next year if not for the rise to power of 
       Hitler and his Nazis in 1933, which put an end to the 
       Yearbook and its Archive. Hitler's rise also caused both 
       Kestenberg and Beidler to flee Germany. Kestenberg was 
       both Jewish and a socialist; Beidler was also a socialist 
       and, although not Jewish, married to a Jewish woman. 
       Kestenberg found a safe haven in Prague where he founded 
       an international organization for the improvement of 
       musical pedagogy around the world. Over the next years, he
       organized three large conferences of international 
       musicologists and teachers - in Prague, Paris, and 
       Switzerland. These were great successes and marked the 
       spade work which led to the founding in 1953 of the ISME 
       (International Society for Music Education). The letters 
       exchanged between Kestenberg and Beidler, the latter of 
       whom moved to Zurich, give a detailed account of the 
       genealogy of the ISME, how the ISME was conceived and what
       its birth pains were like. The letters also show how not 
       only Kestenberg and Beidler dealt with having to make new 
       lives under great pressure but also how many musicologists
       and musicians of their acquaintance fought to survive the 
       Nazis, some with success, others not. The harrowing times 
       brought out the best in both men. As soon as Kestenberg 
       began to suspect that the days of Czechoslovakia were 
       numbered, he began to look for a way of saving himself, 
       his family, and his work. Coincidentally, he was offered a
       job as managing director of the young Palestine Orchestra,
       an offer by the violinist Huberman, which Kestenberg 
       accepted. In Palestine, Kestenberg experienced a rebirth 
       of his connection to his father who had been a cantor in 
       two of Czechoslovakia's great synagogues, in Prague and in
       Reichenberg. Kestenberg who had been an avid admirer of 
       German literature, music and art, rediscovered the 
       greatness of Yiddish and Hebrew literature, cultural 
       treasures that his father had so valued, in addition to 
       his admiration of German culture. After the war, Beidler 
       was invited by the Mayor of Bayreuth to organize the 
       rebirth of the Bayreuth Festival, the rest of the Wagner 
       family having been compromised by their connection to 
       Hitler. Beidler developed a plan for a far-ranging, 
       democratic and progressive foundation to run the Festival.
       He was in favor of performing works by Wagner but also by 
       others. He also proposed doing away with the dynastic 
       succession. He would have leading, distinguished 
       international intellectuals and theatre people on the 
       advisory council. Sadly, the idea was jettisoned by the 
       opposition of "old Wagnerians" (code: Nazis) and 
       conservatives. Beidler had been clairvoyant but in vain. 
       Two great men and their impressive letters. 
600 10 Kestenberg, Leo,|d1882-1962|vCorrespondence. 
600 10 Beidler, Franz W.|q(Franz Wilhelm),|d1901-1981
600 30 Wagner family. 
610 20 International Society for Music Education. 
650  0 Music|xPolitical aspects. 
650  0 Music|xSocial aspects. 
650  0 Music|xInstruction and study|xHistory|y20th century. 
650  0 Arts administrators|zGermany|vCorrespondence. 
650  0 Music teachers|zGermany|vBiography. 
700 1  Beidler, Franz W.|q(Franz Wilhelm),|d1901-1981,|eauthor. 
700 1  Maxwell, Philip A.|4trl 
959    Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library copy donated by Dagny 
       Beidler, 2013. 
973 1  Beidler, Dagny.|4dnr 
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990    Uploaded to LA VU-B.D277 02/10/14 aci 
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