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Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe
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Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe

Joy H. Calico

Abstract

Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw seemed designed to irritate every exposed nerve in postwar Europe. A twelve-tone piece in three languages about the Holocaust, it was written for an American audience by a Jewish composer whose oeuvre had been the Nazis’ prime exemplar of entartete (degenerate) music. Both admired and reviled as a pioneer of dodecaphony, Schoenberg had immigrated to the United States and become an American citizen. At approximately seven minutes, A Survivor is too short to occupy half of a concert, yet it is too fraught to easily share the bill with anything else. A c ... More

Keywords: Arnold Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw, Cold War, reception history, Holocaust, postwar Europe, cultural history, remigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520281868
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520281868.001.0001

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Joy H. Calico, author

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