Music from 1920s Berlin

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.


The ZBS Radio Hour

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Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:


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