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Street songs : four choruses for Walter Benjamin's centenary

by Martin Friedel (1992, this version: 2012)

Work Overview

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) a German-Jewish philosopher, essayist, critic and translator remains one of the the most original and influential literary-cultural European figures of the twentieth century. The texts fragments used in these little choral pieces are taken from the collection of essays in "One Way Street" ( Einbahnstrasse) and "Illuminations". Benjamin committed suicide on the French-Spanish border attempting to flee the Gestapo.

Work Details

Year: 1992, this version: 2012

Instrumentation: SATB choir, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Astra Choir, Michael Kieran Harvey, John McCaughey — 1 Jun 08. Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne

Street Songs was originally composed for as part of my score for "One Way Street", John Hughes's film about Walter Benjamin. It did not find its way onto the soundtrack and was subsequently performed at an Astra Concert.
Previously titled: Four choral fragments for the centenary of Walter Benjamin

Street Songs was first performed under the title "Four Choruses for Walter Benjamin's Centenary" at an Astra concert at Science Works in Melbourne on 7 November 1992 with the Astra Choir and Lawrence Whiffin (piano), conducted by John McCaughey.

Performances of this work

1 Jun 08: Lithuanian Club, North Melbourne. Featuring Astra Choir, Michael Kieran Harvey, John McCaughey.

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