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New Music in the KJJC

Concert in the frames of the International Festival “Days of New Music” became a wonderful event of high cultural value. Over 150 people witnessed wonderful samples of complex modern music by Moldovan, Hungarian and Swedish composers. For the first time in Moldova things written by Gyorgy Kurtag, Hungarian composer of Jewish origin were perfumed together with interesting works of Zlata Tkach, Boris Dubossarsky, Vladimir Belyaev, chairman of the Composers' Union of Moldova, the director of the Festival.

Also for the first time in Moldova was performed a large-scale work «Transformation of Memory" by Swedish composer Henrik Strindberg, in the presence of the author, who flew to Chisinau to participate in the concert. Henrik Strindberg has dedicated his work to Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. It was accompanied by visuals - Memories of Hungarian Jews rescued by the Swedish diplomat - Alice Breyer, Tabora Gonda, Gabriel Garshtein.

“The Holocaust has attracted many artists who have written works that are considered the top of music”, said Mr. Ciobanu, composer. “They are Arnold Schoenberg, Joseph Hoffman, Dmitri Shostakovich, Hans Werner Henze, Paul Dessau, Krzysztof Penderecki. I am deeply convinced that modern music is connected with everything that is happening in society, it can affect the mind, and hence on social life. As for the Holocaust - that it is an appeal to the conscience and a warning to humanity."

The event was supported by Hungarian Embassy in Moldova and Embassy of Sweden. Hungarian Ambassador Mr. Matyas Szilagyi was present in KJJC and delivered the welcome speech in which he stressed that the means of art certainly can express human responsibility in the fight against evil.

Henrik Strindberg answering questions of the correspondent of "Teleradio-Moldova" about his experiences said: “I admire skills of musicians, especially the conductor Igor Ersak who so accurately interpreted my work. Thank you very much to all of you for appreciating my work and for such a warm welcome!”

Two solo violins, which sound in the work of Swedish master - it's like an old man talking to a young, as telling the story of the tragedy, as a testament to remember...