Developing its material, Schmidt had to fit words to existing music, which meant expanding certain text-passages.\n On the first point, Manfred Permoser makes clear that since after 1933 Austria was already under a dictator, the orchestra's very existence depended on a servile relationship with RAVAG, and that its chief conductor Oswald Kabasta, who gave the premiere of Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln, 'aryanised' it years before the Anschluss. The last word must rest with Ottner, a passionate veteran of the Schmidt cause: even now, and largely in view of that accursed cantata, she feels obliged to end her harrowing account of the composer's last months with the words 'Let us hope that the documents in this book will make for a fairer future assessment of Schmidt's personality and of his place in the history of Austrian music' And that after 70 years...
Accomplice or victim? Leo Black Musical Times; Summer 2009; 150, 1907; Docstoc pg. 116 Reproduced with permission of the copy
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