2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Tre Canzoni: A Discussion of Original Art Songs Set to Poetry of Primo Levi
Joshua A. Baum♦
Dr. Warren Gooch, Faculty Mentor

Primo Levi was a Jewish Italian chemist who was imprisoned in Auschwitz, the infamous death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Levi is best known for his written account of the year he spent as a prisoner. Among his writings are three poems: "Shema", "Reveille", and "Il Superstite". These poems describe a variety of experiences which extend from Levi's period of death camp incarceration to the after-effects of these traumatic experiences. The poems have been used as the basis for an original song-cycle for high voice, composed by Joshua Baum. This presentation will feature a discussion of the process involved in the composition of this song-cycle, as well as a performance of excerpts from the song-cycle.

Keywords: Primo Levi, Composition, Jewish, Original Song-Cycle, Poetry, Auschwitz

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 10-5
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 9:15

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