Arnold Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46. Performed by Erich Leinsdorf.

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Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep while listening to some Debussy followed by Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw. The Debussy will lull you into a peaceful, somnolent state. Then A Survivor from Warsaw will come on and it…will…scare…the…living…hell…out…of…you. (But I guess that’s sort of the point of it, isn’t it?) I learned this from personal experience.

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(This was originally published on my leipzig48.com blog “Dancing about Architecture” in 2006.)

Arnold Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46. Performed by Erich Leinsdorf.

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