Tomorrow will be the 66th anniversary of the death of Czech-born musician Erwin Schulhoff, who died from tuberculosis in a Nazi concentration camp.
Last year I noted that Schulhoff had written a silent work that predated John Cage's 4'33", and I also drew attention to some of Schulhoff's excellent, crowd-pleasing string music.
This year I ask you to consider one of his more avant-garde works, Sonata Erotica (1919). Jeremy Eichler wittily called it "a sort of German Dadaist version of Meg Ryan's famous diner scene in 'When Harry Met Sally.'"
Here's a performance by Quirine Melssen, who does it from memory.
And here's a different interpretation (especially in the last movement) by Helena Remeijers Moloek, who mostly reads off the (very cool-looking) score.