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Violoncello Solo
Dedicated to the Holocaust victims

1990. Jerusalem. Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. In the central hall, the darkness of night reigns and only a single candle is reflected in a multitude of mirrors by millions of small lights, symbolising the lives that were lost. Quietly stunning chamber music resounds and two male and female voices call out the names of those murdered in the Holocaust.

In order to name them all, one would have to keep reading out the names around the clock for several years.

But I learned that later, and then I stood in the middle of the dark hall, deeply shaken. It was an image that stuck in my mind, and when the Israeli cellist Carmen Schiff asked me to compose a piece on the Holocaust, it reappeared in my mind and was the impetus for composing the piece, the main theme of which was the pounding of hearts that had been slaughtered.

Slawa Ulanowski

Memories Titel Sikorski

Publishing house BOOSEY & HAWKES | SIKORSKI: Memories

"Erinnerungen" Carmen Shiff

"Erinnerungen" Prof. Mirel Iancovici


Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ)


Herzklopfen der Holocaust-Kinder

...Dass ein Komponist den Holocaust auf Cello-Saiten besingt und darin „ERINNERUNGEN“ an das Herzklopfen der Kinder unter den Opfern einfließen lässt, ist Slawa Ulanowski zu danken. Der Tonschöpfer (...) findet im Schmerz für die Holocaust-Toten einen glühend-melancholischen Solo-Ton, der ebenso berührt, wie eine poetische Brücke zwischen Gestern und Heute schafft.

Hans Jörg Loskill

© Slawa Ulanowski