Listen To The Music That Inspired The Children of Willesden Lane

Music plays an important role in The Children of Willesden Lane. In the recordings below, concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces the music that is central to the story of her mother, Lisa Jura. The recordings below are divided into three parts. 

Activities and discussion ideas for the music can be found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane.

Part 1: Tracks 1-11

On Tracks 1-11, Golabek places the selection in its historical context and plays a brief portion of the selection. The exception is track 10, which was recorded by Lisa Jura herself in 1944.

 

Track 7. Sonata in B-flat Minor (Last Movement)

Frederic Chopin (Composer); performed by Mona Golabek

Concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces “Sonata in B-flat Minor (Last Movement).” This audio track can be used with activities and discussions found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane on page 28.

Track 8. Piano Concerto in A Minor (Cadenza)

Edvard H. Grieg (Composer); performed by Mona Golabek

Concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces “Piano Concerto in A Minor (Cadenza).” This audio track can be used with activities and discussions found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane on page 34.

Track 9. Piano Sonata in C Minor, Pathetique

Ludwig van Beethoven (Composer)

Concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces “Piano Sonata in C Minor, Pathetique.” This audio track can be used with activities and discussions found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane on page 37.

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Part 2: Tracks 12-21

On Tracks 12-21, Golabek plays each selection in its entirety.

 

Track 18. Piano Concerto in A Minor (Cadenza)

Edvard H. Grieg (Composer); performed by Mona Golabek

Concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces "Piano Concerto in A Minor (Cadenza)." This audio track can be used with activities and discussions found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane on page 34.

Track 19. Piano Sonata in C Minor, Pathetique

Ludwig van Beethoven (Composer)

Concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces "Piano Sonata in C Minor, 'Pathétique.'"This audio track can be used with activities and discussions found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane on page 37.

Track 20. Liebestraume

Franz Listz (Composer); performed by Mona Golabek

Concert pianist Mona Golabek introduces "Liebestraume." This audio track can be used with activities and discussions found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane on page 41.

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Part 3: Tracks 22-25

On Tracks 22-25, two of Lisa Jura’s granddaughters, Michele and Sara Golabek-Goldman, play “Clair de Lune” and “Rhapsody” at a gathering in London to mark the 60th anniversary of the Kindertransport. The girls’ mother Renée Golabek-Kaye performs "Prelude in B Minor" by Abram Chasins. The concert, which was aired live on the BBC, was the family’s way of thanking the British people for their kindness to Lisa Jura. Activities and discussion ideas for the music can be found in A Teacher’s Resource to The Children of Willesden Lane.

 

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