Music from 1920s Berlin

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 11 January, 2014

Today we present a programme of music from the 1920s and 1930s, but with a special focus: we’re featuring an extensive collection of authentic popular music recordings from 1920s Germany, courtesy of Jo Yardley and the 1920s Berlin Project.

The collection includes some tunes from the US and Britain, but at its heart are home‐grown artists from the era of the Weimar Republic, such as Julian Fuhs. Fuhs was born in Berlin in 1891, emigrated to the US in 1916, and then returned in 1924. He and his widely popular orchestras, playing American‐inspired music, were responsible for establishing jazz in Germany in the 1920s.

In addition there are modern re‐creations of the music of this time and place, courtesy of artists like Max Raab and the Palast Orchester and, more generally, other pieces of popular music from the period between the First and Second World Wars.


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