Hans Krása “Friends called him ‘the rascal of the century’ and they had good reason for it. His slim, moderately bent figure, neglected elegance, and a face imprinted with many life stories, all revealed a man touched by the hand of the turn-of-the-century decadence, a man who gave an impression of being dependent and in need of care. And the latter he received from all sides. He was well-liked for his gentle manners and scintillating humour, which sometimes bordered on sarcasm. Humour transcended in undiminished measure also into his music. However, we do not find in it any trace of decadence, which had marked his appearance; penetrating intellect, education and perfect orientation toward contemporary ideology brought into his music a great deal of the rationale – ‘too great a deal of the rationale’, as the unfriendly criticism would have said.”…Download booklet
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