We are pleased to announce the publication of the correspondence between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla by the Dutch musicologist Loes Dommering-van Rongen. The correspondence covers the years between 1922 and 1931.
In his book Sonderstab Musik, Willem de Vries described how the Nazi’s not only stole works of art but also musical documents form the Jews. During WWII the ‘Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg’ was set up, an organisation set up to eliminate Jewish cultural life in Europe. The Nazi’s also established a ‘Sonderstab Musik’ to locate musical manuscripts, books and instruments. Their goal was a general confiscation and removal of Jewish possessions, including those connected with music-making. Sonderstab Musik describes the activities of the ‘Sonderstab Musik’ in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Polish-Jewish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska (5 July 1879 – 16 August 1959) was one of the many victims of the organisation. When she had to flee her home in Saint-Lieu near Paris all of her musical instruments, manuscripts and personal documents were taken by the Nazi’s. Among the items stolen were letters written by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Some of these letters were discovered by De Vries in Nuremberg. The Dutch lawyer and musicologist Loes Dommering-Van Rongen reconstructed the correspondence during the years 1922 and 1931 between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla.
The publication contains a lot of new information and throws an interesting new light on the relationship between the two. Wanda Landowska – Manuel de Falla is available as eBook and Print-on-Demand paperback in French, the original language of the correspondence.