chapter  11
Šarlatán
WithPamela Howard, Pavel Drábek
Pages 26

And the dream began … Yinon, who lived in Berlin, was passionate about saving and making known the music from the concentration camps as well as his career as a maestro: ‘Music is about emotion, about feeling, about the time where we are now and the time of the past, about society working together …’ (private correspondence) and cited Viktor Ullmann’s Theresienstadt Symphony as a testament to the power of music to outlive adversity. I said how moved I was by the Šarlatán Suite and he told me about the opera of Šarlatán written by Pavel Haas in 1938 that had never been performed in English and suggested we should collaborate to make that happen, for it was essential that this music be heard. We exchanged cards and decided to begin the journey. …