Klarinet Archive - Posting 000918.txt from 1997/09
Subj: Re: klarinet-digest V1 #261
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 15:44:35 -0400
Now Dan, are you suggesting that racism is not connected with stupidity?
It had nothing to do with Strauss' connections to the Nazis. All
that Strauss can really be accused of was being stupid. His
denazification came very swiftly after the war, but what hurt
him most was a letter he wrote to Hitler praising him for his
racial theories and apologizing for having used Stafan Zweig
as his librettist.
He was D-U-M-B with capital letters but not particularly a
racist. He was also somewhat mean in that he played cards
with men who could not afford to lose and cleaned them out.
> Peter Stoll
> Instructor of Clarinet and Chamber Music
> University of Toronto
Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, California