Music in the Shadow of War
Out of the First World War’s wreckage emerged an all too brief period of creativity in the arts. Many believed they had witnessed the ‘war to end all wars’ and were now at the dawn of a great age of peace and prosperity. The idealistic dream of individual liberty and international cooperation was soon dashed on the rocks of nationalist politics, swept aside by the Great Depression and trampled beneath the aggressive march of Bolshevism and Fascism.
Music in the Shadow of War, a concert series devised by Steven Isserlis, evokes the period’s hopes, fears and harsh realities as filtered through the creative minds of composers who lived through one of the most destructive periods in human history.