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Title Everything is a present : Alice Sommer Herz, sage, saint, maven / a tribute by Christopher Nupen ; written and directed by Christopher Nupen ; produced by Allegro Films
Published Guildford, England : Allegro Films, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (54 min.)
Series Classical Music in Video
Summary Christopher Nupen's film portrays Alice Sommer Herz, a woman with the true gift of forgiveness. A Nazi concentration camp prisoner for two years with her six-year-old son, suffering deaths of her mother and her husband in the camp, she also remembers playing more than 100 concerts in the camp and likens the experience, both for the performers and for the listeners, to being close to the divine. Alice is in no doubt that music saved her sanity as well as her life and the lives of hundreds of others. She plays extracts from Impromptu no. 2, op. 142 : D 935 / Schubert ; Czech dance / Smetana ; Sonata no. 14 in C-sharp minor, op. 27 no. 2 / Beethoven
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Jul. 25, 2014)
Performer Alice Sommer Herz, interviewee and performer (piano)
Notes Spoken portions in English with sections in German
In Everything Is a Present: Alice Sommer Herz
Subject Herz-Sommer, Alice, 1903-2014.
Women pianists -- Czech Republic -- Prague -- Biography.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Czech Republic.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827. Sonatas, piano, no. 14, op. 27, no. 2, C♯ minor. Selections
Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828. Impromptus, piano, D. 935. No. 2.
Smetana, Bedřich, 1824-1884. České tance. Selections.
Herz-Sommer, Alice, 1903-2014, performer, interviewee
Nupen, Christopher, author of screenplay, director, interviewer
Allegro Films (London, England)
Other Titles Wonder and the grace of Alice Sommer Herz