The Early Melodies
Germany has been well known for its engineering techniques and best in class products and German beer. However, Germany has also given us one of the greatest contributions to the world, its musicians.
German musicians, composers, producers and artists are well renowned over the world. Germany also happens to be the largest music market in Europe and the third largest in the world.
The German music history can be traced back right up to the 12th century compositions of mystic abbess. German popular music covering the 20th and 21st century includes Neue Deutsche Welle, Rock, Hip Hop, Metal/Rock, Indie and Punk. Germany also hosts many rocks and music concerts throughout the year.
The 20th Century Music Box
Germany has been doing great in the music world, and had very cool artists and composers who could testify for the same. For instance, some of the best German musicians of the 20th Century and before were Mozart, the father of German opera and who could forget Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, Karlheinz Stockhausen and many, many more.
The first half of the 20th century could be divided between the German and the Austrian Music. Two clear distinctions or factions were formed in the 1st half of the 20th century. In Vienna, Arnold Schoenberg, his pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern moved along an increasingly event-grade path, pioneering the well know atonal music in 1909 and the Twelve-tone music in the year 1923. On a much different path, the composers in Berlin took refuge in a more tried and tested route and established cabaret like operas. Another form that was and which remains hugely popular in Germany is “Carmina Burana” discovered by Carl Orff in the wonderful city of Munich.
During the rise of Nazi party in Germany, many composers immigrated to United States, the likes of which included Schoenberg, Hindemith and Erich Korngold. During this period, the degenerate art, so called by Nazis, was destroyed which include any music that had links with Jews, Communist or even Jazz. However keeping with the true spirit of music composer Karl Hartmann remained in Germany defying the Nazis, but always vigilant.
The better half
The Best German Musicians of the 20th Century were more defiant than the others and after the allied victory, the German music was also subjected to the allied policy of Denazification, but given the neutral stance of music many were spared. Artists like Wilhelm Furtwangler said that they concentrated on music and were not concerned about the politics.
The West Germany was founder of the avant-grade whereas the composers of East Germany were asked to steer clear of avant-grade style of music and focus more on music that depicted socialist realism.
In the 60’s and 70’s Germans gave another contribution to the music world by opening of the “Darmstadt New Music Summer School” that was a major center for European modernization.
Well, we can melodiously conclude that the Germans especially their contribution to the music world in during the 20th and the late 19th century has inspired many composers and still keep on inspiring.