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30 Days of Music – Day 6

I love classical music and have a deep passion for music written in the 16th centuries, and pastoral music, therefore, for today I give you one from each Gregorio Allegri (b 1585) and the second is a Vaughan Williams (b 1872) take on a theme of Thomas Tallis (b 1505). The second piece I saw being performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the beautiful Liverpool Cathedral. It was an incredible performance, especially as there were two orchestras, one at the front of the Cathedral, and a smaller second orchestral team were situated on a walkway “in the Gods” above the rear the seating, needless to say, this was an incredible experience as the acoustics¬†there are phenomenal. I have been very lucky to be in attendance there for other performances and rehearsals, one of which will live with me till I die was John Tavener’s Song for Athene. One final piece that I truly love is quite heartbreaking, is Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Sorrowful Songs”, which is the first piece of music I would like to share.

One final piece that I truly love is quite heartbreaking when you know the story of it, is Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Sorrowful Songs”, which is the first piece of music I would like to share.

I hope you all enjoy my selection.

Henryk Gorecki – Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Allegri – Miserere mei, Deus

 Vaughan Williams РFantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

After Auschwitz – Eva Schloss

On my book list, the first of my challenge was to read Eva Schloss’s After Auschwitz.

I have been interested in WWII since 1970’s when as a kid, I started to watch “The World At War” at my Nan’s house on a Sunday. I found that I was fascinated about what happened, and moreover why. Like everyone, I could not understand why people would do such things to others. As an adult, I have read and watched so much about the genocide and will never understand the hate that the German authorities had towards other human beings.

Eva and her mother survived being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau on her 15th Birthday. Her book talks a little about the camps and how she ended up there, but more importantly, what happened after she and her mother were liberated.

Eva is mainly known for being the co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK, and of course also as the Stepsister of Anne Frank.

This is an incredible book focusing on her life after liberation, how she moved forward, helped others to move on with their life, and above all remember the people who lost their lives through the Anne Frank Trust UK.

I have just bought another of her books entitled Eva’s Story: A survivor’s tale by the step-sister of Anne Frank which covers her time in the death camps and the detailed ordeals her and her family endured.