COLOGNE (Mar. 22)
A week after the world of music was stirred by the triumphal Hamburg world premiere of Jewish composer Arnold Schoenberg’s opera “Moses and Aron, ” a Hebrew work of his, “De Profundis,” was broadcast here today for the first time.
Vienna-born Schoenberg, the pioneer of atonal music, was deeply concerned with the treatment of specifically Jewish subjects and themes. The text of “De Profundis” is that of the 130th Psalm, one of the 12 which Schoenberg planned to set to music when death overtook him in California three years ago.
Also broadcast will be another of his last works, equally derived from Jewish religious motives. It is “Thrice A Thousand Years,” a choral hymn based on a poem by Dagobert D. Runes.