On the Ashes of the Holocaust

Kálra Móricz

in Jewish Identities

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250888
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933682 | DOI:
On the Ashes of the Holocaust

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This chapter argues that, in Schoenberg's Survivor, aesthetics occupies a higher sphere, while subject matter, in this case the Holocaust, is considered only raw material put in the service of artistic expression and ultimately transcended by art. By combining his anxiety-producing musical idiom with horrifying subject matter, Schoenberg's abstract style finally achieved popular acclaim. The chapter provides a background for the musical language of fear and violence in the Survivor. The translation of abstract gestures to representation of concrete events, however successful, results in stylization, which, in the case of Holocaust art, raises ethical questions about the limits of artistic representation in general, and Schoenberg's approach in particular.

Keywords: Schoenberg; Survivor; Holocaust art; anxiety; musical language; violence

Chapter.  12018 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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