This is the first musicological study entirely devoted to a comprehensive analysis of musical Holocaust representations in the Western art music tradition. Through a series of chronological case studies grounded in primary source analysis, Amy Lynn Wlodarski analyses the compositional processes and conceptual frameworks that provide key pieces with their unique representational structures and critical receptions. The study examines works composed in a variety of musical languages - from Arnold Schoenberg's dodecaphonic A Survivor from Warsaw to Steve Reich's minimalist Different Trains - and situates them within interdisciplinary discussions about the aesthetics and ethics of artistic witness. At the heart of this book are important questions about how music interacts with language and history; memory and trauma; and politics and mourning. Wlodarski's detailed musical and cultural analyses provide new models for the assessment of the genre, illustrating the benefits and consequences of musical Holocaust representation in the second half of the twentieth century.
Amy Lynn Wlodarski is associate professor of music at Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, where she has earned both institutional and national teaching awards. She is the co-editor, with Elaine Kelly, of Art outside the Lines: New Perspectives on GDR Art Culture (2011) and was the 2012 recipient of the Irving Lowens Prize for an outstanding musicological article (Society of American Music). Her scholarship has appeared in leading journals, including the Journal of the American Musicological Society and the Journal of Musicology, as well as in select edited volumes. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including funding from the Harry Starr Fellowship at Harvard's Center for Jewish Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, and the Presser Music Foundation. She also offers regular speaking engagements and pre-concert lectures with leading musical ensembles, such as the Los Angeles Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Introduction; 1. The composer as witness: Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw; 2. The philosopher as witness: Theodor Adorno's A Survivor from Warsaw; 3. The composer as witness: Hanns Eisler's Nuit et Brouillard; 4. The state as witness: Judische Chronik in the German Democratic Republic; 5. The composer as witness: Steve Reich's Different Trains; Epilogue.