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Babi Yar by Leon Schidlowsky

Recorded Sound | Digitized | RG Number: RG-91.2044

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    Babi Yar by Leon Schidlowsky


    Shostakovich Symphony No. 13, titled Babi Yar. Composed by Leon Schidlowsky (b. Santiago, 1931, immigrated to Israel in 1969) on March 31, 1971. Babi Yar is a ravine northwest of Kiev and the site of one of the largest mass killings at an individual location during World War II. The hour-long work is laid out in five movements, each a setting of a Yevgeny Yevtushenko poem. This unusual form gives rise to various descriptions: choral symphony, song cycle, giant cantata. The five earthily vernacular poems denounce Soviet life one aspect at a time: brutality, cynicism, deprivation, anxiety, corruption.
    Recorded:  1971 March 31
    Audiocassette; magnetic

    Physical Details

    Russian Music
    Music. Poetry.

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    Copyright Undetermined
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    Owner of copyright, if any, is undetermined. It is possible this is an orphan work. It is the responsibility of anyone interested in reproducing, broadcasting, or publishing content to determine copyright holder and secure permission, or perform a diligent Fair Use analysis.

    Administrative Notes

    Recorded Sound Provenance
    Since 1992, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's music historian has collected historic sound recordings, published materials, interviews, and music related to the Holocaust and World War II.
    Recorded Sound Notes
    Cassette label in Hebrew writing.
    Recorded Sound Source
    Bret Werb
    File Number
    Musicology Tape Number: 124
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:29:07
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