The book, presented to the library of Polish Composers’ Union by its author, the eminent Polish-Slovak composer, music theorist and philosopher, comprises 21 of his writings from 1990-1999. It is a continuation of the book Hudba a Pravda (Music and Truth), a collection of texts from 1977-1987. The recent collection is the outcome of observations made after the November 1989 breakthrough in Czechoslovakia, which provoke the author dramatically to pose the question of the future fate of music and culture in general. The threats differ from those which he described in the previous decade, but they are equally grave. “Culture? Later!” said Václav Klaus, initiating the country’s socio-economic transformation. “Totalitarianism” was pernicious to the culture of spirit and reason, “democracy” continues this destructive work, Berger claims. The struggle for the culture of spirit and reason is a struggle for survival.
Roman Berger’s Dráma hudby is the 24th publication of the Hudobné centrum in Bratislava, the state-funded, excellently functioning centre for documentation, information, publication and sponsorship of Slovak music. The centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC).