“Music is a moral law.It gives soul to the universe,wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Charlotte “Lotte’ Lehmann was born in Province of Brandenburg. She is famously known throughout the fine arts as the “high priestess” of music. Her most credited and praised performances include the interpretations of “Fidelio” and “Der Rosenkavier”.
It is believed that she performed in over 500 recordings. Lehmann was a gifted woman that migrated into the U.S in the late 40s. After her migration to the U.S Lehmann was able to shine and glow from Chicago to San Francisco.
Because of her many accomplishments, Lehmann had the honor of touring with many famous pianist. By 1951 she had achieved her stardom and decided to retire and teach a Master’s class in The Music Academy of the West.
Lehmann was extremely qualified and had many sold-out shows from the city of Hamburg to New York City. She is known as the recital queen; she had many sold-out shows that have yet to be broken.
In commemoration to Lehmann the University of California, Santa Barbara decided to name one of their biggest concert halls after the famous opera singer.
It’s easy to forget about the concert hall, when one is not enrolled or involved in the music department. However, it’d be a great shame for our campus to not have a music hall let alone a whole music department.
The year 1954 marks the year that the music department was recognized and given their own property unit. Six years later, the first ver Master’s degree in Performance would be available in the Santa Barbara campus.
During the positive progress that the music department was experiencing their was much hostility throughout the country due to the many rising movements for change. For instance many minorities were beginning to organize and fight for equal rights and representations.
In the fall of 1968, five schools in the East L.A area, organized a blowout. Which consisted of a majority of Chicano students leaving class and starting a march of equal education. After and during this march their was much police brutality towards the marchers despite their age.
The police wasn’t there to enforce the law but belittle the Chicano students and crush any hope they had for change. However, the Chicano students nor the other marchers were discouraged to this idea and fought back with more riots and marches.
The Chicano movement is but one movement of this time that were carving their way into history and reform. The Black power movement was simultaneously occurring along with the Antiwar movement.
The late sixties to early seventies were not a happy time for the U.S. However, many artist were able to rise. Lotte Lehmann, although retired, was still able to radiate her passion and talent to the Santa Barbara community.
After her stardom, Lehmann made it her mission to continue her career. However, instead of performing she decided to start teaching. She expanded her talents to the locals of Santa Barbara.
Despite her well-known fame, Lehmann was also recognized for her euphoric attitude. She was a very inspirational and happy person. It’s amazing that even after her performance and stardom, that she still gave back to a community and influenced her students to go out in the world and shine.
I think it’s very admirable of Lehmann to have given back to a community. It’s even more admirable that in the midst of social and political turmoil, the the UCSB administration was able to provide and expand the music department.
The great words that explain the “moral law” of music represent exactly what the music department was able to achieve in the middle of so much turmoil.
It reinforced “soul” to a community that was in a state of hostility due to the war and civil rights of many minorities.
The music department also gave “gaiety” to a body of students that found themselves angered at the position they were forced upon.
Lotte Lehmann was a great example of the “soul” and “gaiety” of the community. She provided an escape into the world of performance and music. Her talent and spirit captivated a mass of people.