KZ Musik: Encyclopedia of music composed in concentration camps (1933 – 1945)

Collection directed by Francesco Lotoro

Published in 2011 by Musikstrasse, this box set of 24 CDs gathers more than 500 pieces of music composed in the concentration camps between 1933 and 1945.

Operas, symphonies, chamber music, Lieder, choral music, cabaret, jazz, traditional and popular music… As much varied musical genres recorded by contemporary musicians, under the direction of the Italian pianist, composer and musicologist Francesco Lotoro.

These music pieces were written between 1933 and 1945 by Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, politic opponents, handicapped, people with different profiles, who were deported, killed, or who survived the death camps.

Result of a musicological research which lasted 22 years, this encyclopedia, directed by Francesco Lotoro, and produced by the music label Muzikstrasse, is a world reference for music written during the Holocaust.

Each CD include a booklet in English and in Italian, comprising biographies of the composers, photographies, notes concerning the music, the names of the camps in which the pieces were composed, and lyrics in original language.

A 25th booklet, also in Italian and in English, presents each concentration camp, from Auschwitz to Fullen (Germany), passing by the Italian camp of Giado in Libya, or the Japanese camp of Changi in Singapour. A short biography of the musicians who participated in the recording of this boxset completes this booklet.

This encyclopedia, big reference for music composed in the camps, was given to the EIJM by the Association “Janusz Korczak Jeunesse”. May they be thanked.

Read Francesco Lotoro’s biography
Browse the list of music pieces comprised in the KZ Musik boxset in our online catalogue
Look at the editor’s website
Purchase the encyclopedia (web page in Italian)

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