HAVE A LISTEN – a dance transformed

Posted on Dec 12th, 2011 by Jeanne Golan

Ullmann – Minuet/Totentanz, Jeanne Golan pianist

Ullmann originally meant this music for Sonata No. 5, the first piece he composed after being interned at Terezin.  Instead, he pulled it and later orchestrated it for the Totentanz, the Dance of Death that accompanies an overworked Death as he walks off the job in protest in the opera, The Emperor of Atlantis.   Even in this miniature piano movement, one finds Ullmann’s penchant for combining unexpected stylistic ingredients – an 18th century dance, a militaristic march, wisps of romanticism, cabaret bordering on burlesque…

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