Cenotaphs in Sound: Catastrophe, Memory, and Musical Memorials

  • March 8, 2016
  • By James Schmidt     
Research on musical compositions intended to serve as memorials of victims of political violence.


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This paper examines the peculiar status of musical compositions that are intended to serve as memorials of victims of political violence. It considers four examples of this genre: John Foulds’ World Requiem (1923), Arnold Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw (1947), Steve Reich’s Different T rains (1988), and John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls(2002).

Link to Full Source: Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics