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Music

Bret Werb

in The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199211869
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199211869.003.0032

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

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This article surveys the repertoire of Holocaust-related music — a category encompassing commemorative music, musical settings of relevant texts, and works dramatizing events in Holocaust history — in classical and popular genres, and places these works in the context of stylistic trends and cultural-political developments. It also identifies the repertoire's most frequently employed subjects and texts — the Warsaw ghetto, Auschwitz, Anne Frank (1929–1945), children's poetry from Theresienstadt — and discusses Holocaust representation in folk song, topical song, rock and roll, jazz, and rap.

Keywords: music; Warsaw ghetto; Anne Frank; poetry; Holocaust representation; topical song; rap

Article.  5438 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Music and Religion ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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