Racial Mystique

Kálra Móricz

in Jewish Identities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250888
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933682 | DOI:
Racial Mystique

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This chapter relates the story of the formation of Ernest Bloch's racially specific artistic personality by investigating how Bloch, with the help of his friend, Edmond Fleg, began his quest for a Jewish identity, and how specific concepts of race determined Bloch's artistic vision, self-identity, and reception. It traces these concepts from Wagner to Bloch by way of Bayreuth ideologue Houston Stewart Chamberlain and Bloch's friend Robert Godet, the French translator of Chamberlain's viciously anti-Semitic book The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century. Like many other Jewish intellectuals who came to accept their Jewish identity as the basis of their character and creative output, Bloch also subscribed to a wide variety of anti-Semitic beliefs.

Keywords: Ernest Bloch; Edmond Fleg; Houston Stewart Chamberlain; Robert Godet; Jewish identity; anti-Semitism

Chapter.  9488 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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