DISCUSSION: Composers Daniel Schorno and John Dante Prevedini discuss creativity, innovation and re-invention with Maria Nockin, Mary Mogil, Giuseppe Pennisi and Roderic Dunnett in our hour-long April 2021 video.
VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
Czech composer Hans Krása was born in Prague on 30 November 1899. Following early piano and violin lessons, he studied composition at the German Music Academy in Prague and then worked as a répétiteur at the Neues Deutches Theater, where he was influenced by Alexander Zemlinsky.
His opera Verlobung im Traum, after Dostoyevsky, was awarded the Czechoslovak State Prize.
On 10 August 1942 he was arrested as a Jew and an anti-fascist by the Nazis and sent to the Terezín ghetto, where he was very productive musically. His children's opera Brundibár, based on Aristophanes, was performed fifty-five times there, and also features in the propaganda film made for the International Red Cross in 1944.
CD Spotlight. Vividly Atmospheric - Music by composers in Theresienstadt, heard by Howard Smith. 'The Nash players' programme is presented with their customary aplomb ...'
Ensemble. Cruelly Written Out - Simon Broughton listens to works by Gideon Klein and Hans Krása