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Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe$
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Joy H. Calico

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520281868

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520281868.001.0001

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Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe

Joy H. Calico

University of California Press

The introduction places A Survivor from Warsaw in the culture of early American Holocaust memorials and then situates its subsequent performance and reception history in postwar Europe using Marita Krauss's theory of remigrating ideas and Stephen Greenblatt's notion of cultural mobility while acknowledging the human agency of dedicated performers and other advocates. It also provides a basic overview of the text and music and briefly recounts premieres in the United States (Albuquerque, under Kurt Frederick) and Europe (Paris, under René Leibowtiz). It lays out the basic lines of inquiry for each case study, which include the identities assigned to Schoenberg in the discourse that accompanied A Survivor (variously American, Austrian, Viennese, German, Jewish, antifascist, modernist); the apparatuses of political power; and the roles of modernist music and of Jewishness before, during, and after the war in each context. Radio and the circuit of international festivals of new music are the primary means of circulation for the piece.

Keywords:   Arnold Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw, remigrating ideas, cultural mobility, memorial culture, Kurt Frederick, René Leibowitz, Warsaw ghetto uprising

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