Saturday, August 05, 2006

Gerrard Hoffnung


This charity find of Timeless Hoffnung was released in 1970, eleven years after his untimely death. These BBC archive snippets include the famous "The Bricklayer" speech from the Oxford Union and several items from radio shows of the 50's.

"Gerard Hoffnung was born in Berlin in 1925 and went to London in 1939 as a schoolboy refugee. Although he died at the early age of 34 years, he achieved in his short life enough to fill a whole series of lifetimes. Artist, teacher, cartoonist, caricaturist, musician and tuba player, broadcaster and raconteur, a much sought after speaker at the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and prison visitor, a Quaker - these were all facets of a creative personality.

In 1956 his talents combined when Hoffnung devised a concert of hilarious symphonic caricature at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Foremost composers were commissioned to write some of their wittiest and most humorous compositions, while conductors, soloists and artists submitted whole-heartedly to the unprecendented demands made upon them. Throughout the years since those performances nearly forty years ago, internationally famous orchestras have delighted in presenting gems from the Hoffnung repertoire to packed audiences. Since then, uninhibited laughter has constantly echoed as visitors file through exhibitions of the hundreds and hundreds of ingenious and absurd ideas, mostly on a musical theme, that Hoffnung illustrated with such superb artistry. His work offers no barrier to age, race or background. Success was immediate and has endured.

Find out more about Gerrrard Hoffnung at his official website HERE.


Gerrard Hoffnung - The Film Fan

Gerrard Hoffnung - Blowing Up Balloons

Gerrard Hoffnung - Tuba

These SendSpace files are available for seven days or until exhausted.

3 comments:

Muse said...

Fun and have to find the animated cartoons!!
Thanks & Cheers!

michael said...

Glad to hear you are getting these o.k. muse. Any problems downloading?

Muse said...

Ya know, maybe it's me, but if there's any kind of snafu, I simply try again, and things work, wherever ya go/do.
Seems like "patience" is something people have less of these days, as you can tell by lack of comments?
I was frustrated by that at first myself, but then......
Oh, any problems? Nah!
Thanks again! Cheers!