THE STREET OF CROCODILES
Text by Bruno Schulz
Music by Ernest Bloch, Mieczylaw Weinberg, Dmitri Schostakowitsch and Sergej Rachmaninoff
with Ulrich Matthes, speaker
It is one of the great childhood stories of the 20th century: The Street of Crocodiles, a series of autobiographical short stories from the sunken world of the Galician shtetl. Bruno Schulz was born in Drohobycz in 1892 and shot in the Drohonyz ghetto in 1942. He drew, he painted and he wrote. He is considered by many to be a Polish author, but the Drohobycz, which he describes in a unique mixture of Kafkaesque drasticism and poetic fantasy, lies south of what was then Austrian Lemberg, now Ukrainian Lviv. Ulrich Matthes and the Boulanger Trio take us into a world where dream and reality merge into a literature that won’t let you out of its clutches anytime soon.