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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Serenade: Hoffnung's Horrortorio

Listening to Radio 3 (for a change) yesterday I heard an interview with the composer Joseph Horowitz (it was his 90th birthday and they'd made him a cake). He spoke of being commissioned by Gerard Hoffnung to write a Gothic comedy piece with a clever barrister who "knows nothing about music." Dracula's daughter marries Frankenstein's son:

Hoffnung's legendary wit and raconteurial ability are shown in his 1958 address to the Oxford Union:


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1 comment:

Demetrius said...

Ah, memories. A short time later he repeated this at the LSE, I was there, it was marvelous. Also, his Punch items were a treat.