Echos From The Holocaust

Oboe, viola, and piano
18 minutes

Written for Sally Bloom


Program Note

Echoes from the Holocaust was written in 1993 at the request of oboist Sally Bloom.  Ms. Bloom had asked for a “sad piece;” she might have gotten more than she asked for.  Echoes from the Holocaust is a set of variations based on the opening oboe melody, which is derived from two songs written during the holocaust by composers who later died in the death-camps.  The often-agitated music contrasts with a peaceful middle section beginning with a statement of the initial melody in the viola, followed by a piano chorale and then an ornamental variation for all three instruments.  The agitated music returns, but the work ends quietly.