Gideon Klein Project

Dr. David Fligg is a musicologist specialising in the music of the Czech/Jewish composer and pianist Gideon Klein (1919-1945), who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp.

The primary outputs of Fligg’s research is based on his evaluation of, and investigation into Klein’s archived papers, which survived WW2, now in the Prague Jewish Museum.

Gideon Klein A biography on Klein will be published for this centenary year, 2019, by Toccata Press. Fligg’s theatrical and musical presentation Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer, is based on his archival discoveries. There are a number of performances planned for 2019 and 2020, some of which will feature RNCM students. Fligg’s chapter ‘(Re)visiting the (Jewish) Archive of Gideon Klein – Terezín, 1941-1944’, will be published in ‘The Routledge Companion to Music under German Occupation, 1938-1945: Propaganda, Myth and Reality’.


David Fligg’s research was a major output of the AHRC-funded Performing the Jewish Archive project, led by Dr. Stephen Muir (University of Leeds). As part of this, there were two RNCM/PtJA collaborations, both facilitated by Professor Adam Gorb:

Looking forward through the past: New Operas from the Jewish Archive

Strains of Revolution


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