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Simo Leon Lazarov
1948 -
Bulgaria
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S.L. Lazar
Simo Lazarov - also: Simon Leon Lazar- (09/03/1948), a Bulgarian composer, performer and propagator of bulgarian electronic and computer music, born in Sofia. Simo Lazarov is renowed in our musical culture. He was one of the pioneers of electronic music in Bulgaria, both as a composer and as a performer. His long years of unassuming and gifted work have become a part of the musical environment around us. We cannot even suspect how many of the compositions and melodies which sound familiar to us are his work.
Author:Eddy Schwarz
Lazarov has released 9 LPs and 6 CDs, over 50 soundtracks and over 200 works. He has written 5 books on electronic and computer music.He has been nominated Bulgaria's Musician of 1995 and has been distingnished at several major Europian computer music festivals in Varese, Helsinki, Bratislava, Linz, Tokyo, Oxford and Cambridge.
Holocaust, a requiem for the fate of the jews
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1995
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Jewish prayers
Duration:71'28''
In memory of:the victims of the holocaust in World War II
Label(s):Gega New GD 104
We are nowiving through the last years of this monstrous century - this century which brought mankind technological progress bordering on science fiction, and tragic catastrophes unprecedented in the entire history of civilisation. To the Jewisch people, it brought the holocaust. The last breath of six million human beings, six million hopes and doubts, six millions talented or just ordinary existences, six millions unique universes, rose to the sky through the furnace chimneys in Auschwitz, Dachau and Treblinka. Half of an entire people perished...
Electronic music is one of the many discoveries of our technological age. Man's world of sound has been enriched with new, strange and seemingly limitless possibilities. Electronics and human genius combined to discover sounds on a cosmic scale and unexplored possibilities for the human voice. Human feelings and sensations found new means of expression.
One son of his halves and miraculously surviving people is telling us here about its tragic fate by means of his new music. Simo Lazarov is renowed in our musical culture. He was one of the pioneers of electronic music in Bulgaria, both as a composer and as a performer. His long years of unassuming and gifted work have become a part of the musical environment around us. We cannot even suspect how many of the compositions and melodies which sound familiar to us are his work. The fact that Simo Lazarov has turned his attention to this theme means that he has matured into it. Or perhaps it resounded painfully in his soul. The holocaust is a living wound in the heart of every Jew and a living theme in the heart of every artist.

It contains:

Prologue

1. Life
2. The black shadow
3. Holocaust
- the hell
- the trains
- the death camps
- the extermination
- cremation
4. Hopes and destruction
- Lord, take our souls into the garden of Eden
- Annihilation
5. Deliverance
- survival
- Divine beginning
hymn to recue
6. Retrospection
7. The eternal spirit
- space
- the hands of time
- homage

Epilogue

Author:Eddy Schwarz