Czech hero

BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

I en­joyed Erik Levi’s ar­ti­cle (Oc­to­ber) dis­cussing the ways in which the cen­te­nary of Dvo ák’s birth in 1941 was used for po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda pur­poses by the Nazis in con­trol of Cze­choslo­vakia and by the West­ern Al­lies. ★ow­ever, the picture on p39 ti­tled ‘a Czech woman is in tears as she’s forced to salute a tri­umphant ★itler’ could just as eas­ily be a Sude­ten German, over­whelmed with emo­tion, and wel­com­ing in the Nazis – the picture is a mys­tery in that re­spect. From a mu­si­cal point of view I’ve al­ways been a great ad­mirer of the Czech com­poser Vit zslav Novák (1870-1949) whose doom-laden, though ul­ti­mately re­demp­tive,

De pro­fundis (sym­phonic poem for large orches­tra and or­gan) was com­posed while the com­poser lived un­der the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion of his home­land: a coura­geous act of de­fi­ance. Jef­frey Davis, Rother­field

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