|World premiere Oratorio Terezin
-Concert halls of Prague,
Brno, Vienna and Bratislava.
Israel-Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Karmiel.
Main cultural event for
city of Tel Aviv on Holocaust Memorial Day 05/05/2005
New York City, Carnegie Hall. Long Island. Tilles
Centre US premiere
Oratorio Terezin is a full length work scored for
Orchestra, Children's choir, Adult Choir and three Vocal Soloists. Set in the context of the Holocaust,
Ruth Fazal has taken the text of children's poetry which miraculously survived the ghetto
of Terezin, and has woven these poems together with passages from the Hebrew
scriptures. ( in English)
Many thousands of men and women were taken to the small garrisoned
town of Terezin, which the Nazi's used as a propaganda tool to
convince the world that they were taking good care of the Jewish
people in Europe. In truth, Terezin was a way-station to the
death camps. Over 15,000 children were amongst those who were
imprisoned there, and a liltte over 100 of these children
survived. Most of them were murdered in Auschwitz. Oratorio Terezin
explores the searching questions of the human heart. How this could
have happened, and where can we find hope in the face of such human
The musical style of Oratorio Terezin is both dramatically intense, and sweetly lyrical. The juxtaposition of the children's and adult's voices, alongside the Voice of the Prophet,(
baritone) the Voice of God (tenor) and the Voice of Suffering (soprano) create the tension found in the midst of feelings of rejection and abandonment
contrasted with the hope deep within the human heart that all will be well.
Interested in performing Oratorio Terezin?
Scores and parts
may be purchased directly from the composer. Please write to
**Attention Children's Choir
"Five Songs from Terezin"
for Children's Choir
with piano accompaniment.
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