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Ronald Senator
1926 -
Great Britain
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R. Senator
Ronald Senator (17/04/1926), a British composer. He studied composition at Oxford with Egon Wellesz, the formidable disciple of Arnold Schonberg, and has since established an international reputation both as a composer and, like Schonberg, as a leading innovator in musical education. Dr. Senator has been a Professor of Music at London University, at the Guildhall School, and at the Europe University and visiting professor at many universities in the USA, Canada and Australia. He has toured widely under the auspices of the British Council, conducting his own works in many countries and was a founding member of the Montserrat Composers' Association, founding Director of the National Association of Music Theatre, and is an executive of the Composers' Guild.
Holocaust requiem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1986
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Latin and Jewish texts
In memory of:the million children who perished in the Nazi Holocaust; dedicated to the composer's wife
Label(s):Delos Records 1032
The Holocaust requiem, formerly Kaddish for Terezin was written as a memorial to the million children who perished in the Nazi Holocaust. Truly ecumenical in its message, when premiered at Canterbury Cathedral in 1986 it was under the auspices of the United Nations, the B'nai Brith, the German Government, and the International Council of Christians and Jews. The event was reported world-wide and broadcast on TV and several times on the BBC, with regular broadcasts still happening in New York. After its premiere in New York in 1990 it was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The performance by the Moscow Philharmonic in October 1992 was attended by the Metropolitan of the Orthodox Russian Church and other Christian sects in Russia. This was subsequently made into a video for screening in the West and in Russia.
The Holocaust requiem contains:
- Kaddish For Terezin: I Kyrie, El rachamim
- Kaddish For Terezin: Lord Have Mercy
- Kaddish For Terezin: II Kadosh, Sanctus
- III The Transports
- IV Mourners Kaddish
Source:booklet of cd Delos Records 1032