Jeremy Eichler on How Music Bears Witness to History
In Conversation with Roxanne Coady on Just the Right Book
Roxane Coady talks with Jeremy Eichler (author of Time’s Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance) about how music bears witness to history and carries forward the memory of the wartime past, specifically by looking at the post-war works of Strauss, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Britten.
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An award-winning critic and cultural historian, Jeremy Eichler currently serves as the chief classical music critic of The Boston Globe. He is the recipient of an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for writing published in The New Yorker, a fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a Public Scholars grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Formerly a critic for The New York Times and a contributor to many other national publications, he holds a Ph.D. in modern European history from Columbia University.
Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.