Art Music

Viktor Ullmann. A brief biography and appreciation


Born in Jan. 1898 in Teschen, Czechoslovakia, Ullmann studied in Vienna; in 1918-19, he was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg. From 1920-27 he served as conducting assistant to Alexander Zemlinsky in Prague, and also worked as free-lance composer and teacher. He continued as a composer and a music critic in Theresienstadt, where he had been deported in 1942. In Oct. 1944 Ullmann was sent to his death in Auschwitz.

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Articles in Journals

La pratique musicale savante dans quelques communautes juives en Europe aux XVIIe–XVIIIe siecles


Covers the emergence of the practice of Western Art Music in European Jewish communities (Italy, Southern France, Amsterdam) prior to the nineteenth century. Includes detailed descriptions of the repertoires, their contexts of performance and their composers. This work manifests the implicit desire of Jewish music scholars to inscribe a Jewish presence in the predominant Christian and Eurocentric music narrative of modern Musicology.

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Davit Civita

Italian musician

Italian musician. One of the group of Jewish musicians connected with the court of the Gonzagas of Mantua. Known from only one publication: a collection of seventeen three-voice Canzoni (italian songs) which has the marking, "Madrigali Ebrei" (Hebrew Madrigals).

Source: Encyclopedia Judaica.

17th century