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Mark Neikrug: Through Roses ()

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Composer and pianist Marc Neikrug wrote Through Roses in 1979 and 1980. The piece could technically be classified as a melodrama, a work in which spoken word, usually poetry, is accompanied by music, but Through Roses transcends that definition and defies easy categorization. It might also be considered music theater, or a monodrama, since the narrator acts as well as speaks, but the piece is essentially sui generis. It has been translated into 11 languages, recorded three times, received over 500 performances, was made into a feature film and was the subject of a documentary, a remarkable record for any piece of contemporary music. Given the work's emotional potency, though, its astonishing performance history is easy to understand. The text, which Neikrug wrote himself, consists of the scattered, nightmarish recollections of a violinist, a survivor of Auschwitz, and culminates in the memory of a devastating event in the camp that has wracked his life ever since. It's scored for a mixed ensemble of... Hide synopsis

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