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Jewish IdentitiesNationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music$
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Klara Moricz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250888

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250888.001.0001

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On the Ashes of the Holocaust

On the Ashes of the Holocaust

Anxiety, Abstraction, and Schoenberg's Rhetoric of Fear

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(p.255) Chapter 8 On the Ashes of the Holocaust
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Jewish Identities
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Kálra Móricz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250888.003.0009

This chapter argues that, in Schoenberg's Survivor, aesthetics occupies a higher sphere, while subject matter, in this case the Holocaust, is considered only raw material put in the service of artistic expression and ultimately transcended by art. By combining his anxiety-producing musical idiom with horrifying subject matter, Schoenberg's abstract style finally achieved popular acclaim. The chapter provides a background for the musical language of fear and violence in the Survivor. The translation of abstract gestures to representation of concrete events, however successful, results in stylization, which, in the case of Holocaust art, raises ethical questions about the limits of artistic representation in general, and Schoenberg's approach in particular.

Keywords:   Schoenberg, Survivor, Holocaust art, anxiety, musical language, violence

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