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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000084.txt from 2004/12

Subj: RE: Re: [kl] Scaramouche
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2004 01:20:00 -0500


Rascher told me that he had had to flee Germany in '39. I had always wished that I had asked him why. Parts of my family had had considerable trouble and died in slave labor camps in Europe. People were on the outs with one gov't or another for remarkably capricious reasons.


-----Original Message-----
From: dnleeson <>
Sent: Dec 4, 2004 10:24 AM
Subject: RE: Re: [kl] Scaramouche

David Null wrote:

Scaramouche was written for Sigurd Rascher in 1939. Here's what I
hear from Carina Rascher: She tells me that her father Sigurd was
forced to emmigrate from Germany in 1939 and for his protection,
an obituary was published. Otherwise, he was afraid the Nazis
would chase him down. Milhaud had written Scaramouche originally
for Mr. Rascher as a saxophone solo with orchestra but upon
seeing the obituary, made a new version for two pianos. It wasn't
until 1952 in Aspen, Colorado that Rascher met Milhaud again
where the composer was conducting at a festival.

and I ask

Why on earth would Rascher have been forced to leave Germany in
1939?? That is very much new news to me.

Dan Leeson

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