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Daniel Hope is a violinist with a mission

April 3, 2010 |  1:00 pm


About 15 years ago, violinist Daniel Hope was driving in his car when heard an unfamiliar string trio on the radio. "I pulled over to hear the name of the composer -- it was Gideon Klein," Hope recalled. "I didn't know who he was and I Googled it when I got back home."

Hope learned that the composer was Czech and was born in 1919 to Jewish parents. Following a short and brilliant career, the composer died at the age of 26 at a concentration camp.

Since hearing that radio program, Hope has devoted much of his career as a soloist to championing works by composers whose careers and lives were cut short by the Nazi regime.

On Wednesday, he will perform a concert with members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. The concert will feature music by Erwin Schulhoff, a Jewish composer who also happened to be a Communist. Schulhoff was imprisoned by the Nazis and ultimately died at a concentration camp in 1942.

Hope believes that Schulhoff's music is "powerful" regardless of the story connected to it.

Read the full story on Daniel Hope's concert in Sunday's Arts & Books section.

-- David Ng

Photo: Daniel Hope. Credit: Harald Hoffmann / Deutsche Grammophon

Comments () | Archives (4)

I didn't know Google was around 15 years ago!

You did not, Peter, because it was not: Google started functioning in 1998, about 12 years ago. So, Daniel Hope's story as told by David Ng is not precise about the date of the violinist's revelation. Fortunately, changing 15 to, say, 10 does not diminish the significance of the meaning very much.

You two are semantic idiots. Google was not the first browser to exist; however the verb 'to google' is a browser-independent term meaning 'to search the web'. Clearly Mr. Hope did not google with Google 15 years ago...he probably used Altavista or Yahoo.

An argument that is reinforced by a personal insult is believed to be somehow more convincing by a surprising number of people and will therefore certainly win every time, especially when stated by an apparently infallible semantic genius. However, according to most reliable sources, the verb "google" is properly defined as "search the web using Google search engine". Therefore, objections are valid. But, as i said before, this minor inconsistency does not really change the meaning of the story.


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