by Dr. Gerhard Falk
after the Germans had invaded Austria to the delight of the Austrian population,
the Nazi killers began to dig up Jewish cemeteries. One of their main objectives
was to discard the markers of famous Jews so as to deny the Jewish contribution
to the world’s civilization. Therefore they eradicated the grave of Johann
Strauss, the father of the first waltz king and grandfather of Johann Strauss
II, who wrote the Blue Danube, etc.
Strauss had come to Vienna from Hungary in 1804, the year his son was born.
He was a
Jew. Therefore, the haters to this day rant against the Strauss family which
had, of course, abandoned Judaism lest they not be acceptable to the hate mad
Austrian population who gave rise to such “greats” as Hitler and Eichmann.
not to consider the Strauss family Jewish except in the eyes of the enemies of
God and man.
so-called classical composers who were Jewish was of course the great Felix
Mendelssohn (1809 -1847), whose grandfather was the philosopher Moses
Mendelssohn (1729-1786). Felix was raised a Christian, although his grandfather
was an orthodox Jew.
mongers call him a Jew composer. Therefore, he was Jewish, at least from the
Nazi point of view. Be sure to listen to his great violin concerto.
so-called French composer Jacques Offenbach was a German Jew. His name was Jacob
Eberst (1819-1880). He left Germany in his youth to escape the haters and
settled in Paris. Be sure to listen to his Gaite Parisinne.
many other European Jewish composers such as Giacomo Meyerbeer, whose name was
Meyer Beer (1791-1864).
European Jewish composers were Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), and the great Gustav
Mahler (1860-1911), whose Lied von der Erde or his symphonies rank among
the first class compositions of European musicians. There were of course many
others, such as Darius Milhaud, Arnold Schoenberg (a great musical innovator),
and Emil Waldteufel, who wrote some gorgeous waltzes.
the leading American classical Jewish composer was George Gershwin (1898-1937),
although there are those who would concede that honor to Aaron Copland
(1900-1990). Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was the third in this
Jewish-classical triumvirate. He wrote oratorios, stage plays such as West Side
Story, and movie music. He also wrote symphonies and all kinds of dances, songs,
country the Jewish genius truly unfolded. Harold Arlen, Burt Bacharach, Irving
Berlin, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Art Garfunkel, Marvin Hamlisch, Oscar
Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Frederick Lowe, Richard Rodgers, Neil
Sedaka, Paul Simon, Stephen Sondheim and Kurt Weill were and are all Jewish.
This is a partial list of those who created American music. Those not on the
list were also Jewish, with a few exceptions.
written a good number of the rock ’n roll songs and even the Christian
spirituals, such as the most popular Christian song “Spirit in the Sky”,
whose composer is Norman Greenbaum.
Sedaka, no doubt a major rock performer in this country, was a piano student of
the famous classical pianist Artur Rubenstein. In the 1970’s Simon and
Garfunkel created today’s popular music together with Billy Joel, the son of a
holocaust survivor. Then there is the very much Jewish Barbra Streisand.
that even the most important film scores have been written by Jews such as Elmer
Bernstein, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Korngold, Andre Previn, Howard Shore, and
impossible to list even a fraction of the music these composers gave the film
industry. Elmer Bernstein alone wrote the scores for movies from 1952 (Sudden
Fear) to 2002 (Seven Women). His best-known music may well be the Western
melodies he composed for movies of that type.
is that from God Bless America written by the Jew Irving Berlin to To
Know Him is to Love Him by Phil Spector, American music on the stage, the
dance hall and on records is as Jewish as American medicine. Even now, more and
more American music is being created by Jews whose genius in the music field is
as great as it is in any other enterprise.
indeed The Chosen People.
Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications,
A New Look at the Supporting Generation (with Dr. Ursula A., Falk, 2002),
Ascent to Reason (2003).