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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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Performing Remembrance with A Survivor from Warsaw

(p.66) Norway
Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe

Joy H. Calico

University of California Press

The composer and critic Pauline Hall appears to have been the driving force behind the Norwegian premiere of A Survivor, which took place in Oslo on March 21, 1954, and was conducted by Heinz Freudenthal. Hall was chair of the national section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), known as Ny Musik, and had heard Scherchen conduct the work in Vienna in 1951. The only other piece on the concert was Darius Milhaud's Sacred Service, with Swedish cantor Leo Rosenbluth as soloist. The concert program is read as an attempt to bring the Norwegian Holocaust into a public discourse about the war that had become defined by the national narrative of the country's resistance movement against the Nazis. The small number of Jewish casualties (776) made it easy to ignore the fact that that number nevertheless amounted to half of of Norway's Jews, as well as the fact that harm had been inflicted by Norwegians, as well as Germans. Numerous concert reviews are analyzed.

Keywords:   A Survivor from Warsaw, Pauline Hall, Heinz Freudenthal, Leo Rosenbluth, Norway, Oslo, Holocaust, Ny Musik

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