Walter Arlen’s First Century
Exile music is not written by those who life left unchallenged. Walter Arlen is now almost 100 years old - and the entire century comes to life again in his music.
From the “blue light of the last streetcar” of his youth in Vienna, to the golden sunsets in Los Angeles, WALTER ARLEN’S FIRST CENTURY paints an affectionate and multifaceted picture of a musician exiled in 1938, who only much later saw his works performed on stage.
Born in Vienna in 1920, the composer spent most of his professional life in the USA. There he worked as a music critic for the L.A. Times before he became a composer who dealt with the horrors of the Nazi era.