Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A Musical Postcard from Berlin, 6 February 1914

 
Click here to listen to a little postcard I wrote, broadcast on 8 January 2014, as part of BBC Radio 3's 'Music on the Brink' season. Jonathan Pryce reads this, as he has done the four postcards from other European capitals: London, Paris, St Petersburg, and Vienna. It did not seem a bad opportunity to mention Richard Strauss, who turned 50 that year and of course turns 150 this year...

2 comments:

Kenneth Hesketh said...

Heard this - loved it! Caught the atmosphere well I thought.

Mark Berry said...

Thank you! It's not an easy task; at least I didn't find it so. And there were inevitably cuts to be made; I was a bit unhappy about half of the Strauss quotation re the Reichstag going, since I don't think it made a lot of sense without what he went on to say. But then I'm not the editor...

The full version should have been: 'Alas, all came to naught; as Strauss put it, the Reichstag, elected as it now is by "idiotic universal suffrage", ignored the difference in worth between one Richard Wagner, "worth a hundred thousand votes and … ten thousand stable-boys," properly worth only one vote between them.'