Musical Words–Composers 1, Authors 0

This is the theme from Schindler’s List, the 1993 movie about the Holocaust. Erick Friedman, my violin teacher and mentor, had a magnet on his filing cabinet that read “Holocaust: Never Again”. He lost several family members. The determination of that motto has stayed with me. I didn’t want the mournful tone of this piece to become self-pity or maudlin, but to maintain the clarity of the statement “we will never let this happen again”.
I (the musician) modified the theme and bowings to create a sense of growing focused emotional intensity as the song progresses. The final quarter is one of sorrow and I modified the final note to a fading long harmonic to emphasize this sense of loss.


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