Welcome to my blog. I’ve decided to eschew more public utterances on social networking sites, whose design and ownership function within what may be called “a grey zone”. So here, in my little potentate, you may read my blatherings and rantings on various topics. I often blog about food, because I love cooking and sharing recipes. I will write reviews about every concert I attend, mostly because I like to articulate an opinion. I will write about my interests in cultural matters – aesthetic issues, notions of national identity, etc. I will write about personal history and some family background, from time to time. I’ll try to stay largely jargon-free, but I can’t promise that this will always be the case. But please feel free to subscribe and comment at will – even if you disagree (or especially if you disagree!), it’s fun to engage in a discussion on all range of matters. Caveat: No countenance will be given to expressions of sexism, racism, gender-identity hatred, religious bigotry. If you want to express such feelings, there’s a great big internet out there and I’m sure some site will have you. Just not me.

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  1. Anna Hueneke

    Hi Joseph,
    I am emailing hoping you remember me and wondering if we could meet to discuss some ideas I have re a Doctor of Arts at the University of Sydney. Are you still at the University of Sydney? I can’t seem to get your Uni listed email to work, hence I am emailing here.
    We met at the Uni years ago when I was studying Classical Hebrew. Prior to that I had the opportunity to hear some of your wonderful musical presentations both at AAJS Conferences and at the Sydney Jewish Museum.
    I am in the process of completing a MA Creative Writing at the University of Sydney. I have an abiding interest in the (ancient) cantillation of Classical Hebrew texts and would like to incorporate this into research for a creative project towards a Doctor of Arts.
    Please let me know if you have time to meet?
    With best wishes,
    Anna Hueneke

  2. The character of Brundibar in children’s opera is just organ gridder or has anyother symolic meaning?

    • joseph

      Hi Keumju. According to my survivor friend Jerry Rind (now sadly no longer with us) who helped build the original set in the Terezín production in 1943, the organ grinder was strongly linked to the Austro-Hungarian veterans of WWI who were wounded in action. Because of their injuries, they they could no longer work in physical jobs, so after returning from the war, they were often licensed to be town organ-grinders. Jerry saw the character of Brundibár in a sympathetic light in this way, because he was defending “his turf” and his only means of earning.

    • joseph

      Hi again, sorry for the delay in reply. In the opera, the character Brundibar simply represents an organ grinder who is “protecting his turf”. Many survivors talk about Brundibar representing Hitler, or an archetypal “bad guy”, but since the opera was written in 1938, the composer and librettist were not so specific.

  3. Steve and Rita Emerson

    Saw you on pbs news hour and want to reconnect with your family.
    Manny years ago we spend a wonderful time with your parents and sister, and spent a great weekend at their blue mountain retreat, but have lost touch.
    Penelope and Lawrence spoke lovingly to us about you many times
    Our paths may have crossed as we are the founders of stand with us Emerson fellows and helped restarted stand with us Australia in Melbourne. Our mission is to fight BDS and Jew hatred world wide.

  4. paul smith

    dear joseph, I came across your (fascinating) articles while researching the music of wilhelm grosz. am thinking of creating a ‘grosz cabaret’ for my Music from Marin summer music festival in marin county, california.
    the theme will be music of vienna – 1918 to 2018 and it seems there’s enough material to make an interesting 30 minute piece using instrumental/vocal/dance music of mr grosz.
    do you have scores in addition to what is already available out there? particularly music of the 20s/early 30s with popular music foundation?
    thanks for your time and keep on fighting the good fight!

    • joseph

      Hi Paul! Thanks so much for your email, and my sincere apologies for the delay in reply. At the moment, I’m preparing new editions of the Grosz scores, and am in negotiation with the family regarding the way we distribute this material. So for now, I don’t have anything new to share with you, but I hope that this will change soon. I will write an email to you separately and we can check what you already have, in order to help program the festival.

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