Cenotaphs in Sound: Catastrophe, Memory, and Musical Memorials
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CitationSchmidt, James. "Cenotaphs in Sound: Catastrophe, Memory, and Musical Memorials." Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics 2 (2010), 454-78.
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 Trains (1988), and John Adams' On the Transmigration of Souls (2002).
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