terezin (satb)


  • Catalog ID: S-48c
  • First Line: the heaviest wheel tolls across our foreheads...
  • Composer: Robert Convery
  • Voicing: satb
  • Accompaniment: cello, piano, viola, violin
  • Language: English
  • Country: United States
  • Other: 1999
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen



The entire cantata Songs of Children, for mixed voices, violin, viola, cello, and piano, is based on nine poems written by children while interned at Terezin Concentration Camp.  It was composed in memory of all children who perished in the Holocaust.  Each of the eleven sections of the cantata utilizes one of the eleven phrases of the Jewish folksong Ani Maamin (see also S-244 Ani Ma’amin by Caldwell and Ivory) to create a large overall symetrical form.  

Three movements are published by earthsongs, the third, seventh, and sixth sections of the cantata: S-48a At Terezin is binary; S-48bThe Closed Town is a simple song on a ground bass; S-48c Terezin is one of the two fantasies from the central portion of the cantata.  Two movements S-48a At Terezin and S-48b The Closed Town are recorded on CD-04.