The avant-garde on air

The Novembergruppe on the radio

In 1925 the radio magazine Der Deutsche Rundfunk boasted: “At last! After delaying for far too long, the broadcasting station in Berlin has decided to grant the young, vibrant art of our day space in its programme.” This enthusiastic announcement heralded a live performance to be aired on 11 May 1925 under the title “An Evening with the Novembergruppe”. Between the language courses, edifying lectures and chess challenges, here was avant-garde fare of a kind never yet experienced on the Berliner Rundfunk, already a year-and-a-half old. Composers belonging to the Novembergruppe, including Kurt Weill, were not alone in presenting their compositions that evening.

The writers Bertolt Brecht and Carl Zuckmayer also read from their works. “What a pity the original art of the Novembergruppe, painting, cannot be transmitted,” lamented the preview. Only a handful of listeners at their wireless sets truly appreciated this concentrated charge of modern music and literature, and the broadcaster was inundated with disgruntled letters.

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