June 21. Pavel Haas’ Birthday: A Study For Strings

Another victim of the goddamned Holocaust.  Czech composer, Pavel Haas, was one of the most successful of Leoš Janáček‘s pupils.  This piece was written in Theresienstadt, a concentration camp located in former Czechoslovakia where he wrote the piece.  This camp was the one that was dressed up for a visit from the International Red Cross to prove that no Jews were suffering.  A film was made of this by a director hired by the camp’s commandant.  It showed a children’s choir singing one of Haas’ works.  After the film was finished, 18,000 inmates were transferred to Auschwitz where they were gassed in 1944.

It is hard to believe that 72 years later, acts of terrorism, hate crimes against gays, and murder of people of color, and massacres by one religious faction of another, still have not abated.  No lessons learned from WWII?

Here’s his wikipedia entry.

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4 Responses to June 21. Pavel Haas’ Birthday: A Study For Strings

  1. kvennarad says:

    It was recently alleged that there were plans to register all Roma currently in the UK. If that ever comes about, I shall be one of the first to register – I won’t be alone, as thousands of Gorjo will do so in protest. Just saying.

    This is a wonderful piece for string ensemble.


    • kurtnemes says:

      God, why would UK politicians be imitating Trump? Course back in the 1970s and 80s there was Paki-bashing. I don’t know the term Gorjo. My father was Hungarian and always made a point of saying his family were Magyars and not “Gypsies.” Evolutionarily we’re pre-wired to demonize the “other.” But it’s really time for us as humans to evolve a bit more and stop doing so. Sorry to hear about Jo Cox .


      • kvennarad says:

        ‘Gorjo’ (variously spelt ‘gaugio’, ‘gorgio’) is a Romany word for non-Roma. I have a few words of Romany, and I researched a little more for my second novel (‘The Everywhen Angels’), and for a sequel that never got written, and for my currently-stalled novel-in-progress.

        Well we have some douche-canoe politicians over here too, though they are more nuanced than Crump. But this registration business will be dressed-up as being for the travelling folk’s benefit somehow, and actually I doubt if it will happen.


      • kurtnemes says:

        douche-canoe! What a great term! and thanks for the explanation.


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