• And so rather than sitting and pondering forever whether a visual is an art work or a scientific image, it's more productive to say a multitude of images exist in the world—and to ask what they do. Where do they live? What kinds of inquiries do they prompt? What do they be of the viewer?
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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.


 

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