Friday 16 January 1998
Being a composer is a dangerous game. Look at Alkan. He died in 1888 when taking a copy of the Talmud from a bookshelf only to have the entire bookcase topple over on top of him. Two years later, the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu (above) was born, only to spend an extraordinary childhood living in a tiny room high atop a church tower. He can't have developed much of a head for heights though because years later he fell off a balcony in Philadelphia. Happily, he survived but he never really recovered. He was astonishingly prolific, and this weekend with the BBC Symphony Orchestra is the perfect introduction encompassing symphonies, the opera The Greek Passion, the cello concerto, songs, chamber music plus three talks, a film and La Revue de Cuisine, a ballet about the wedding of a saucepan and a lid complicated by a jealous whisk.
Life & Style blogs
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
Babies cry at night to stop mothers procreating, scientists claim
Naked yoga: the bare truth - it's already big in the US, and has now landed here
Childhood bullying 'can lead to depression and unemployment in adulthood'
Baby catches deadly meningitis infection from cat
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
US Navy christens huge $3 billion destroyer ship USS Zumwalt that appears as a fishing boat on enemy radar
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal
Nigel Farage on Have I Got News For You: Ukip leader ridiculed over expenses and party 'fruitcakes'
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
- 1 Poveglia: 'World's most haunted island' up for sale...is anyone brave enough to buy it?
- 2 The Hobbit: There and Back Again set for possible title change
- 3 Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Andre Johnson: Wu-Tang Clan-discovered rapper severed his penis and jumped from LA building
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