The exhibition The First World War – Exploring the archives of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the south foyer of the Philharmonie looks at the effects of the war on the everyday musical life of the Berliner Philharmoniker. With the aid of selected archive material, consisting of programme leaflets, photographs, letters and other objects, this exhibition shows the many ways the war intervened in musical life: Works by “enemy” composers were removed from concert programming, the orchestra participated in numerous charity events, and many a musician had to go to war. One display case is devoted to gala concerts associated with Paul von Hindenburg and Kaiser Wilhelm II and illuminates different facets of “war fund-raising”. The exhibition culminates with the aftermath of the war, including the example of the pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who after being wounding and losing his right arm, continued to perform using only his left by arranging himself, or commissioning, works for the left hand. Some of these compositions were given their first performances by the Berliner Philharmoniker. The exhibition is open during concert hours until the end of January 2015.
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