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Well done! Slipped Disc readers save composer from oblivion

Yesterday, we posted a 19th-hour appeal for a crowd-funder that aimed to record the music of Hans Gal, a Hitler refugee who settled in Edinburgh, where he lived for a blameless half-century, composing in a late-romantic style. The UK-based US conductor Kenneth Woods is passionate about his music. But the appeal was not going well. With less than a day to go, it was more than one-third short of its £8,500 target.

This morning, we checked in. The Gal campaign has overshot its aims by £187. The record will be made. Gal will be saved for posterity. Well done you!

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  1. Bravo all. A genuinely worthwhile achievement. Inspiring to see a conductor really sticking his neck out for music he believes in – many higher-profile maestros could learn from Ken Woods.

  2. R. James Tobin says:

    Please let us know when the recording is released.

  3. Galen Johnson says:

    Well done, performers and contributors both.

  4. I am thrilled that this will happen. I have conducted Gál’s Violin Concerto, Third Symphony and Serenade in concert (the first two were American premieres of works more than fifty years old). All three works were a delight to play and listen to and were brilliantly received. This is an entirely worthy cause and kudos to Ken Woods for having the persistence necessary for this project-and to Slipped Disc for helping out in the final push!

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