Remembering the Great Czech Jewish Harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková

Růžičková, who died in September, survived both Hitler and Stalin to become a brilliant interpreter of J.S. Bach—and the only person to commit his entire keyboard oeuvre to disc.

Zuzana Růžičková at her apartment in Prague in October 2016. Matej Divizna/Getty Images.

Zuzana Růžičková at her apartment in Prague in October 2016. Matej Divizna/Getty Images.

Observation
Nov. 9 2017
About the author

Mark Glanville, a bass baritone, has performed with England’s Opera North, Scottish Opera, Lisbon Opera, New Israeli Opera, and on the recital stage, and is the author of The Goldberg Variations, a memoir.


I was loaded on a wagon. My mother was left behind. A gust of wind came and took this piece of paper from my hand. And my mother, who knew how much it meant to me, started to run after this piece of paper and the other girls took her hand and pulled her up into the wagon where I was.

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