Music from Theresienstadt

Award for Bärenreiter Edition

The Urtext edition of Gideon Klein's Sonata for Piano and the melodrama “Landscape” (BA09580, € 12.50) was awarded one of the German Music Edition Prizes "Best Edition". Gideon Klein (1919–1945) was murdered in the Fürstengrube concentration camp at the age of 25. One of the undeniable highlights of his small compositional legacy is the Sonata for Piano. Its three movements were written in reverse order in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943; only a three-measure draft of the intended fourth movement survives. The first Urtext edition of the sonata has been expanded to include the previously unpublished short melodrama “Landscape”, in which the pianist can also take over the recitation part. Ondrej Pivoda's edition has received international praise. For example, the magazine “American Music Teacher” stated: “The attention to detail in this publication is a fitting homage to a wonderful composer, and I hope this new edition will bring Klein's music to more teaching studios and performance halls.”

The award ceremony took place on April 27 at the Leipzig Book Fair.