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Slovenská hudba, Vol. 36, No 3, p. 293-298

Title: Modlitba v diele Arnolda Schönberga
Author: Karol Medňanský

Abstract: Arnold Schoenberg’s piece A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46 belongs to the most consequential compositions reflecting the horrors of the World War II. It was the uprising in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto in 1944 and its cruel suppression that served him as the inspirational source. The piece for a narrator, male choir and symphonic orchestra is musically based on dodecaphony. In its structure modified elements of three movements are discernible, closed by coda, while it is subordinated to the drama of the story supporting the unity of words and music. The significant role is played by the closing Jewish prayer Shema Yisroel. Its usage ranks the whole work among distinguished ecclesiastical compositions of the music history almost with theological implicit meaning. Despite the fact that the premiere of the piece on November 4, 1948 in Albuquerque played by the local symphonic orchestra led by Kurt Frederick was accepted with huge success and the composition became the classic piece of the 20th century music, it has not found its place in the repertory of Slovak symphonic orchestras yet.

Year: 2010, Volume: 36, Issue: 3 Page From: 293, Page To: 298

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