Martin Scherber - Criticism


  • "This music should be forbidden." (Hans Börnsen, 1957, after the première of the 2nd symphony, Archive of Bruckner-Kreis Nuremberg: A-BRK-N)
  • "... musical creative power." (Bruno Walter, in a letter to the composer on April 25, 1957, about the 3rd symphony, A-BRK-N)
  • "Such music we don't want." (Alfons Dressel, GMD of Nuremberg in the fifties, A-BRK-N)
  • "The music is too much outside our time. And that it uses no appropriate, conformist tone language, a language to be seriously understood today, seems to me its greatest mistake, indeed, may be a fatal one. It is an absolute anachronism." (Peter Huber, letter of May 5, 2005. A-BRK-N)
  • "I find the piano pieces by Martin Scherber which I was sent, very good." (Edwin Fischer, on the 'ABC Piano Pieces')
  • "Thank you very much for your understanding comments on my book 'Talks about music' Your piano arrangement seems to me to be true and sensible - and that is the best thing one can say of a piano arrangement." (Wilhelm Furtwängler - on the piano arrangement of Bruckner's Symphonies by Martin Scherber, A-BRK-N)
  • "That is real music again! Let it be performed!" (Siegfried Horvath, in the fifties, to the 1st symphony, A-BRK-N)
  • "...broad as the Sea, nowhere fabricated, always interesting, never intellectual - and always alive..." (Karl Winkler, in the seventies, to the 3rd symphony, A-BRK-N)
  • "The composer has radically renewed the form of the species and that in a way which by no means makes the perception more difficult" "All the more astonishing were Scherber's symphony for me: it is modern and nonetheless not modern, it is timeless. Only a great spirit could ignore, in total command of the situation, the usual leading ways of 'modernizing' the musical language, and out of his own depths form a mode of expression which has nothing to do with the unmusical experiments of the century, and nonetheless sounds absolutely original." (George Balan, to the 3rd symphony, in 2004, A-BRK-N)
  • "One feels one isn't any more listening music but taking part in cosmic events and the mysteries of Creation." (Lilo Hammann-Rauno, in the fifties)

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