Thursday, 25 February 2016

THE MIRACLE GAME.

25-2-16. Josef Skvorecky,s Death. So Soon after That of Vaclav Havel. Was a Big Jolt to Me. My First Venture into Czech Literature. Was His Lieutenant Boruvka Detective Books. Obtained from the Sheffield Central Library.

Traveling Through Time with his Danny Smiricky Character. History Took Me through the Second World War, his Love of Jazz. Plus Skvorecky Stories in Canada. Where Josef was Now Exiled with his Novelist Wife.

The Miracle Game, by Skvorecky. Evolves around a Miracle. Which the Government & Secret Services. Does Everything to Disprove. Danny Now a Teacher. Is Seduced by one of his Students. She Uses Every Trick in the Book. She Finally Hooks Her Bait !.

Skvorecky,s Character,s are Always very Strong. The Wise, Gellen. Father Doufal. A Farmer. Who See,s the Light to be a Priest. Then there is Laura, a True Communist Party Member. Plus Suzi a Torch Singer.

Book Traces the Soviet Invasion. Visits Vienna & Connington, USA. The Czech Countryside Where Time Stands Still. With Meals of Boiled Pigs Head. Plus the Farming Cooperatives & Religion Which Matter to the Regions.

Saw Paul Wilson. In the British Czech Embassy. He Signed his Havel Translated Book. Translates this Too. Pity i Did not Own this then. A Book to Treasure. Complete with Baskerville Type. Printed & Bound in Fairfield, Pennsylvania.

Josef Skvorecky,s Master Skill of Story-Telling, Shines Through Every Page.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

PAVEL HAAS.

31-1-16. Today is the First UK Academic Conference on Pavel Haas. At the Cardiff University, School of Music. Point was raised that Haas was Overshadowed by the Holocaust. My View is that Pavel Haas,s Music, is that Good. It Stands Alone on its Own Merit.

He will Alway,s be Linked with Terezin & The Holocaust. His Time in Terezin. The Music He Composed. He was Seen in Film. Taking a Bow. After the Hans Krasa Opera " Brundibar ". The Propaganda Film " The Fuhrer Gives the Jews a City ". Directed By German Jew, Kurt Gerrom. Film was used by the Nazi,s. To Deceive a Swiss Red Cross Visit. After the Film. A Great number of Jews. Were Transported to Auschwitz - Birkenau. Which Included Haas & Friend Conductor, Karel Ancerl. Ancerl was in Line to Be Gassed. Pavel Haas Feigned Coughing. Haas was Deemed to be Weak. As Regards Work Duty. Haas Replaced Ancerl in the Gas Chamber. Ancerl Survived. To Tell The Tale. Plus He Divorced His Wife, Sonia Jakobson. So She would Not Share the Same Fate. Because of this he will be Associated with the Holocaust. What I will say, Because of this. His Music was Showcased. To People who May Never have Heard it.

So after the Hopbunker. I make Way up the Busy North Road. To Cardiff University Concert Hall. Being Early Enter through Wrong Door. This has Unexpected Results. I See the Graffe Quartet, From Brno in Rehearsal. Just them, a Percussion Player. Plus Martin Curda.

Martin is a Graduate of Masaryk University, Brno. Martin in a Final - Year PHD. At Cardiff University, School of Music. Martin will be Presenting a Slide Show. Along with Tonight,s Concert. He will also be Describing in Great Detail. The Music Played Tonight.

Leave to Enter Correct Door. Receive Free Program. Recognize Familiar Faces. Some from the Dvorak Society. Concert Starts with Pavel Haas. String Quartet NO 2. " From the Monkey Mountains " ( 1925 ). First Part " Landscapes ". Evoking Moravian Countryside. Martin So Involved in Music. When Walking in Moravian Forests. When Hearing Bird Song. Straight Away thinks of Janacek. Haas was Known as Leos Janacek,s Best Student in Brno. Part Two " Horses & Carriages ". Example of Music. Sounding like a Horse. Slow third Piece. " The Moon & I ". To finish with Jazz, Roaring 20,s Theme. Picture was Shown of German Artist Wihelm Heinrich Otto Dix. Haas was also Influenced by Bengal Poet & Exoticism. Really Liked the Jazz Theme. Interval is Reached.

Talk to a number of People. Including Dave Roberts from the Dvorak Society. Second Half Begins with Pavel Haas String Quartet No 3 ( 1937-38 ). With Commentary again By Martin Curda. Its Not easy Public Speaking. Even if you are a Expert in a Certain Field. Parts include Ghosts, Shadows & Windmill Scene. Influenced by Haas Charlatan Opera & Jewish Chants. Reminds Me of Oi Va Voi, Band I Really Like. His Brother Hugo Haas. Was a Film Actor. Intrigued with Film of Sokol, July, 1938. The Graffe Quartet Play with Much Brilliance. Nice to See Many Young Students. Listening to this Music. Must End. If Martins Presentation is Anything like the Rest of His PHD Course. He Will Pass with Flying Colours.