Events | Concert: Lost and found - The Rediscovery of Ingolf Dahl

Los Angeles | April 17, 2019 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Ingolf Dahl Mirrored By His Peers

The Piano Duo:

Friederike Haufe and Volker Ahmels had their international debut as a piano duo in 1997 in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. They played in both parts of Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv and Haifa. They have been touring international festivals and concert halls ever since.

The duo's international research and "discovery" of composers, who were deported to and killed in extermination camps or driven into exile, became a focal point in their lives and work. In 2012, they recorded „Der Ochse auf dem Dach und andere Verbote“ a CD (Granola/Vienna) with works by Milhaud, Gál, Schönberg, Smit, Schulhoff and Toch.

Since 2016, the piano duo has been focused on the publication and revival of the oeuvre of Ingolf Dahl.

In 2017, they premiered and recorded „Four Intervals“, followed by the „Rondo“ (2018)  and the publication of the entire sheet music for Ingolf Dahl's piano works for four hands.
In December of 2018, German President, Frank Walter Steinmeier awarded the German Medal of Honor to Volker Ahmels for his achievements as head of the "Center for Degenerate Music" at the music academy in Schwerin Musik in Schwerin.


The Concert:

This concert features 5 composers, who were all forced to leave Europe for their American exile where they were able to build on their careers quite successfully.

Arnold Schönberg and Ingolf Dahl made their new home in Los Angeles. After WWII Darius Milhaud and Paul Hindemith lived and worked both in Europe and in the U.S.. Only Alexandre Tansman returned back to Paris permanently in 1946.

The Composer Ingolf Dahl:

He was the son of a Swedish mother and a German father of Jewish origin. After growing up in Hamburg, Dahl started his career as pianist, conductor and composer. In 1931, he began to study composition with Philipp Jarnach in Cologne. Being confronted with growing anti-Semitism, in Germany he moved to Zürich in 1932 to study at the conservatory.

His studies were quickly followed by engagements at the Zürich Municipal Theatre, now called the Zürich Opera House.

In 1939 the 27-year old Dahl followed his American fiancée to Los Angeles, where he settled down as professor at USC.

Dahl considered himself a U.S. composer of Swedish origin. His German-Jewish roots were widely unknown.

Ingolf Dahl was friends with all of the composers in this program.



The Program:


Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951)

from „6 pieces for piano for 4 hands“ (1896)


Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970)

„Four Intervals“ (1967)

First U.S. revival since 1970


Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

„Le Boeuf sur le Toit“ op.58 (1919)

Arranged for 4 hands by the composer.


Alexandre Tansman   1897-1986)

„La Danse de la Sorcière“ (1923)

Arranged for 4 hands by the composer.


Paul Hindemith (1885-1963)

„Ragtime“ (well tempered) (1921)

Arranged for 4 hands by the composer.


Ingolf Dahl

„Rondo for piano four handed“ (1938)

First U.S. revival since 1940


Paul Hindemith

Symphony „Mathis der Maler“ (1934)

Arranged by the composer for 4 hands

Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Los Angeles, CA 90272

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