RNCM Research Bulletin, Summer 2017
A piece of music uncovered in a Prague archive by researcher and RNCM tutor in academic studies, Dr David Fligg, recently received a Wigmore Hall performance.
The piece, Topol (‘The Poplar Tree’) by the Czech composer and pianist Gideon Klein (1919-1945), was composed in 1938. It was never publicly performed, but secreted away during the German occupation of Prague before finding its way to the archives of Prague’s Jewish Museum. There, it was inventoried as part of the composer’s papers, but although his sister Lisa (Eliška) Kleinová supervised the publication of most of his completed works, Topol remained forgotten. When David came across the manuscript, not only was there a substantial sketch of the work, but a fair-copy manuscript. “It’s extraordinary that this significant work was never published along with Klein’s other works,” says David.
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