Gideon Klein


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(b Přerov, Moravia, 6 Dec. 1919; d ?Fürstengrube, nr Katowice, Poland, end of Jan. 1945). Czech composer and pianist. He studied the piano with Vilém Kurz in Prague. The Nazi occupation prevented his taking up a scholarship to the RAM in London; in 1941 he was deported to Terezín and finally to Fürstengrube where, almost certainly, he met his end early in 1945. In Terezín his presence proved an inspiration and encouragement to other composers and he himself continued to compose. Some of his finest music was written at the camp, among it the Piano Sonata (1943) and a String Trio (1944) including superbly expressive variations on a Moravian folksong. In general his music is modernist with some affinity with serial methods.

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