Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts a Free, VIRTUAL* Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Jeremy Eichler on Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust and the Music of Remembrance

Tuesday, November 28 at 7pm on Zoom (this event has been changed from in-person to virtual) 

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Join Boston Globe classical music critic and author Jeremy Eichler for a Jewish Book Council Talk on Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust and the Music of Remembrance. This event is free and open to the public, but requires advance registration.




“[A] masterful debut . . . Vivid, luminous prose . . . [Time’s Echo is] a moving declaration of the power of music to transmit human feeling across time.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Time’s Echo is a remarkable book. Jeremy Eichler shows how listening to history through its music can transport us in mind, body, and spirit — resulting in a profound, detailed resurrection of the past into the living present. The composers at the book’s heart come across not as distant historical figures but as fully human characters with whom we can identify. The result is a kind of time travel with music as our mode of transport, a poignant journey back to an era that still affects us, and an inspiringly hopeful meditation on the power of art to remember not just the traumas of the past but also its highest ideals.”—Yo-Yo Ma

"[Jeremy Eichler] connects the fluidity of musical time to personal and historical memory. Despite detailed endnotes, Time's Echo is not a reference book. Carefully researched and capacious in scope, it reads as elegy: mournful, elegant and gratifying... Toward the end, Eichler quotes a letter from Shostakovich to Britten... [which] provides a wonderful summary for Time's Echo: 'Your music is the most outstanding phenomenon of the twentieth century. And for me it is the source of profound and powerful impressions. Write as much as possible. It is necessary for humanity — and certainly for me.'"—Martha Anne Toll, The Washington Post

A stir­ring account of how the flow­er­ing of the Euro­pean Enlight­en­ment, two world wars, and the Holo­caust can be remem­bered through the poignant works of music cre­at­ed in their wake. When it comes to how soci­eties remem­ber these increas­ing­ly dis­tant dreams and cat­a­stro­phes, we often think of his­to­ry books, archives, doc­u­men­taries, or memo­ri­als carved from stone. But in Time’s Echo, award-win­ning crit­ic and cul­tur­al his­to­ri­an Jere­my Eich­ler makes a pas­sion­ate and rev­e­la­to­ry case for the pow­er of music as cul­ture’s mem­o­ry, an art form unique­ly capa­ble of car­ry­ing for­ward mean­ing from the past. Eich­ler shows how four tow­er­ing com­posers — Ben­jamin Brit­ten, Arnold Schoen­berg, Dmitri Shostakovich, Richard Strauss — lived through the era of the Sec­ond World War and the Holo­caust and lat­er trans­formed their expe­ri­ences into deeply mov­ing, tran­scen­dent works of music, scores that car­ry for­ward the echoes of lost time. Sum­mon­ing the tes­ti­mo­ny of writ­ers, poets, philoso­phers, nov­el­ists, musi­cians, and every­day cit­i­zens, Time’s Echo pro­pos­es a new way of lis­ten­ing to his­to­ry and learn­ing to hear in its music the hopes, dreams, and suf­fer­ing of ear­li­er gen­er­a­tions. A lyri­cal nar­ra­tive full of insight and com­pas­sion, this book deep­ens how we think about the lega­cies of war, the pres­ence of the past, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties of art in our lives today.

An award-winning critic and cultural historian, Jeremy Eichler has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Boston Globe, where he serves as chief classical music critic. His work has been recognized with grant awards from Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit Jeremy Eichler's website for news, resources (including audio selections) and background. https://jeremy-eichler.com/