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European classical composer from the 1927 German opera Jonny spielt auf by Ernst Krenek. This titillating slice of modernity was held up by the Nazis as a prime example of "degenerate art."

Max represents the old culture, and title character Jonny, a jazz musician, the new. The opera is a sort of metaphoric conflict between European classical music and modern American Jazz.

Max's love interest is opera singer Anita.

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