By Joy H. Calico
Pleasure H. Calico examines the cultural background of postwar Europe throughout the lens of the functionality and reception of Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw—a brief yet robust paintings, she argues, in a position to frustrating each uncovered nerve in postwar Europe. Schoenberg, a Jewish composer whose oeuvre were one of many Nazis’ best exemplars of entartete (degenerate) track, immigrated to the us and have become an American citizen. either well known and reviled as a pioneer of dodecaphony, he wrote this twelve-tone piece in regards to the Holocaust in 3 languages for an American viewers. This booklet investigates the meanings connected to the paintings because it circulated via Europe through the early chilly struggle in a type of symbolic musical remigration, targeting six case reports: West Germany, Austria, Norway, East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. every one case is exclusive, trained via person geopolitical issues, yet this research additionally finds universal subject matters in anxieties approximately musical modernism, Holocaust reminiscence and culpability, the coexistence of Jews and previous Nazis, anti-Semitism, dislocation, and the presence of occupying forces on each side of the chilly battle divide.
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Arnold Schoenberg's a Survivor From Warsaw in Postwar Europe by Joy H. Calico