Painting by Antonín Chitussi, oil on canvas 1885. Jihlava was the birthplace of Viktor Ullmann’s father, also the childhood home of Gustav Mahler, Ullmann's inspiration. Our thanks to John J Brumer @Karacyr_1970 for tweeting this.
Johannes Ullmann, son of Viktor Ullmann, escaped Nazi Germany via the Kindertransport, only to spend much of his life in an English mental hospital, being treated with a cocktail of drugs including the controversial antipsychotic drug Clozapine.
This evening we remember Viktor Ullmann, a victim of the Holocaust whose only surviving string quartet was composed in the Theresienstadt ghetto. This work is bookended by more familiar quartets by Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn.
For this year's opera production, the Opera Factory Freiburg has chosen Viktor Ullmann's chamber opera "The Emperor of Atlantis", which was created in 1943/1944 in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The title character is an arbitrarily slaughtering tyrant, whom Death, of all people, refuses to follow - a bold reference to the conditions of the Nazi era.… Continue reading VIKTOR ULLMANN: “THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS” | ANNO SCHREIER: “ATLANTIS” WORLD PREMIERE, OPERA FACTORY FREIBURG, 13 Oct 2018
“Engaging personality, polemicist of a universal culture…” In Praise of Szymon Laks – Aleksander Tansman 1984 “Gdybys…” “Si Seulement…” “If only…” Ludwik Żuk-Skarszewski (1905 – 1983) ‘Przymierze’ Na głębie duszo, na głębie Srebrzyste wypuść gołębie Z kwitnącą różdżką oliwną. Gołębie skrzydła rozwiną, Z radosną wrócą nowiną, Przyfruną z wieścią przedziwną : Źe Bóg nam sady… Continue reading HOMAGE TO SZYMON LAKS 1901-1983
Viktor Ullmann's father Maximillian Ullmann Edler von Tannfels was born in Jihlava in Southeast Moravia, on 12 December 1861 - and he died in Vienna on 24 March 1938. Interestingly, Gustav Mahler moved with his family in October in his birth year of 1860 to Jihlava (German name Iglau). Iglau was a thriving strongly commercial… Continue reading Viktor Ullmann’s father
Dvořák Society Newsletter Number 86, January 2009 Philip L Scowcroft Czech Music in Doncaster The Doncaster Museum lunch-hour concerts, which have in the past contributed considerably to the sum of Czech music performances, are now well past their thousand. The recital on 24th September 2008 (the 1072nd in the series) by pianist Jacqueline Cole, would have… Continue reading 24 Sep 2008 Dvorak Society review