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The program continued with Donnie Ray Albert's robust singing of 'The Emperor's Farewell' from Der Kaiser von Atlantis ('The Emperor of Atlantis') by Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944). This half Jewish, Polish-born composer was a student of Arnold Schoenberg who espoused radical political theories. He was interned at Terezín in 1942 and he wrote Der Kaiser von Atlantis there. It was considered anti-Nazi and was not allowed to be performed. Ullmann and his librettist, Peter Kien, were eventually sent to Auschwitz where they died.

Rodrick Dixon sings the 'Conversation with the Sea' from Erwin Schulhoff's 'Flammen'. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard
Rodrick Dixon sings the 'Conversation with the Sea' from Erwin Schulhoff's 'Flammen'. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard

Tenor Rodrick Dixon sang an evocative rendition of the 'Conversation with the Sea' from Erwin Schulhoff's Flammen ('Flames'). The Prague born Schulhoff (1894-1942) was a multi-talented member of the avant garde who succeeded as a pianist, composer and painter. The world première of Flammen was cancelled, however. Since the composer was of Jewish descent and his politics were radical, his music was not allowed to be performed under Nazi rule. In 1941, he was sent to a concentration camp and he died the following year.

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Copyright © 3 April 2007 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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