Publication Date

2015-04-27

Availability

Open access

Embargo Period

2015-04-27

Degree Type

Doctoral Essay

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Instrumental Performance (Music)

Date of Defense

2015-04-01

First Committee Member

Pamela A. McConnell

Second Committee Member

Ross T. Harbaugh

Third Committee Member

Thomas M. Sleeper

Fourth Committee Member

Nancy C. Zavac

Abstract

This essay explores Gideon Klein’s identity through a study of the String Trio he composed at Terezín, a Nazi concentration camp outside of Prague. How did labels placed on this work influence his identity and music? How do modern classifications affect the music today? Works composed in concentration camps are often labeled “Holocaust music.” Today, such works are frequently programed in memorial concerts, a framework which lends itself to an oversimplified understanding of music’s role in the Holocaust. Through examining Klein’s String Trio within a performance and musicological context, this essay aims to answer questions about identity in music and addresses specific performance and programming suggestions.

Keywords

holocaust; gideon klein; chamber music; trio; nationalism; terezin

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