Musicians in Israel are mourning the death today of Andre Hajdu, one of the country’s most learned and modest composers. A student of Kodaly in Budapest and of Messaien in Paris, he settled in Jerusalem in 1966 and applied himself to exploring Jewish roots in music.
As head of the music department at Bar-Ilan University, he gently mentored two generations of composers and ethnomusicologists.
He and I had two intense Mahler conversations in which we disagreed totally and amicably.
He said once that he liked his audience to feel pleasure – amid some suffering.