A Survivor from Warsaw, Schoenberg

A Survivor from Warsaw, Schoenberg

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Composed By: Arnold Schoenberg

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Voicing: TB unison

Keyword Holocaust

Language: Hebrew

Difficulty: difficult

Country: America, Austria, Poland

Solos: narrator

Instruments: large orchestra

Lyrics: Schoenberg and liturgy

Publisher: Schott

Year Composed/Published: 1947

Timing: 6:30

Tempo: various

First Line: I cannot remember everything. (chorus): Shema Yisroe’l

description: A devastating setting of the composer’s own text describing a round-up of Jewish prisoners in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War. The male chorus sings a twelve-tone row in unison to the text of an ancient Jewish prayer at the end of this miniature oratorio.

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