ANTON KARAS 1906 - 1985

On the loom of his zither

his fingers dance to the tapestry of music

hither and thither

as spells combine with cigarette smoke

and Austrian wine

 

to the delight of frau and fraulein.

He weaves on his endless train of dreams

cowbells, sweeping hills

plunging roofs

cobbles and sewers where Harry Lime

met Orson Welles.

 

Karas became a reluctant star

performing to royals

preferring to play in his local bar. . 

 

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raypool

Sat 12th Jun 2021 17:29


Thanks Leon. It was very popular at the time, and as a kid being a musician I really wanted to get a zither; some chance. You are right ; the accordion and cimbalom other alternatives in that tradition.

Greg, Nice story. I was about six when the film came out. It really set the tone of the film so well.

Very kind Laura, thank you. I'm glad it appealed in such a complete sense. I could even has put "slither" in somehow, but that would have been over the top!

Thanks Stephen, well spotted!

Mark, in a nutshell you have it. Thank you.

Thanks everyone for the likes, Julie, Stephan A. Aviva, and Holden.

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raypool

Sat 12th Jun 2021 17:29


Thanks Leon. It was very popular at the time, and as a kid being a musician I really wanted to get a zither; some chance. You are right ; the accordion and cimbalom other alternatives in that tradition.

Greg, Nice story. I was about six when the film came out. It really set the tone of the film so well.

Very kind Laura, thank you. I'm glad it appealed in such a complete sense. I could even have put "slither" in somehow, but that would have been over the top!

Thanks Stephen, well spotted!

Mark, in a nutshell you have it. Thank you.

Thanks everyone for the likes, Julie, Stephan A. Aviva, and Holden.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 11th Jun 2021 12:06

Probably the most famous instrumentalist of his time, his music
captured in a haunting theme that accompanied a famous film into
cinematic and musical history. Instantly recognisable to those of
a certain generation and most real film fans.

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Stephen Gospage

Thu 10th Jun 2021 17:53

A great piece, Ray. Hither and zither,,,well, nearly.

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Laura Taylor

Thu 10th Jun 2021 11:08

Ray - this is a wonderful piece. There are some cracking rhymes placed ever so perfectly, it works really well. I love the word 'zither', how it feels in the mouth. It's a sonic delight of a poem.

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Greg Freeman

Thu 10th Jun 2021 08:25

My dad was a great fan of the zither music in The Third Man, Ray - one of the films he watched in the five years after he returned from the war and before he got married. For some reason his cultural interests ended after that!

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Leon Kamm

Thu 10th Jun 2021 07:39

Those of us of a certain age remember fondly the zither music from The Third Man, but that's really our only experience of the instrument. I guess it's one of those things that is set firmly in central/eastern Europe.

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