Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Inspiration and survival

Came across an AP article about an Italian musician, Francesco Lotoro, who, for the past 15 years, has been collecting music composed by prisoners in WW II death camps. The pieces, which were written on toilet paper, scraps of paper, in notebooks, will be displayed in a library which will open in September in Rome. Lotoro, who is a musician, is also producing a collection of CDs of this music, performed by local musicians. Compositions include operas, waltzes, tangos, jazz pieces, concertos, and more.

It is humbling, and awe-inspiring that there, in the darkest depths of Buchenwald, Theresienstadt, and other concentration camps, the drive to create, the ability to create, continued. A testament to the strength and resiliency of the human spirit, and the power of art.


We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
--Winston Churchill

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

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