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Listen to Paolo Pietropaolo's moving radio essay on émigré composers

Robert Rowat

On Sunday, Feb. 5, Paolo Pietropaolo will open CBC Radio 2's In Concert with a short essay/montage on émigré composers.

Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Kurt Weill, Arnold Schoenberg, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Bela Bartok all fled war-torn countries and found refuge in the United States, where they enriched the cultural life immeasurably.

It's a timely reminder about the benefits — humanitarian, societal, artistic — of immigration.

Listen below, and tune in to CBC Radio 2 on Feb. 5 to hear In Concert in its entirety.

Emigré composers: a radio essay by Paolo Pietropaolo

Many prominent composers fled war-torn Europe and were welcomed to the U.S.


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