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“Vom Judischen Schicksal” (The Jewish Fate) - 1936

Also for Piano And Choir

This composition is probably Fuchs' most significant work and won first prize in a prestigious Jewish Music Competition. The Judges described it as "a heroical composition of verve and strength, sometimes even monumental" . Fuchs received money to have the work performed. This was not cheap as it was a huge piece involving a choir, Wagner horns etc. But even after the scores had been prepared and the program printed, Fuchs was informed by Hans Henkel the Nazi Cultural Minister that the performance was banned and was not even allowed to be played privately. Presumably the offensive aspect of the composition for the Nazis was the words of the German Jewish poet Karl Wolfskehl.

See below for newspaper clipping from The Judishe Rundshau - May 4 1937 - (1)
See below for newspaper clipping from the C.V. Zeitung - May 27 1937 - (2)
See below for Letter from the Judischen Kulturbund informing Fuchs that permission for the performance had been withdrawn. October 28 1937 - (3)

i. Und dennoch, words by Karl Wolfskehl vocal parts (S, A, T, B) and piano
ii. Stimme der Vorzeit, words by Susskind von Trinberg, (Dr. B. Brandt) baritone and piano
iii. Aufbruch, Aufbruch, words by Karl Wolfskehl, mezzo-soprano and choir, piano
iv. Vor Ausfahrt, words by Karl Wolfskehl choir & piano

Also full orchestral parts for above

Performance: Nil

Recording: Nil

1. Original Newspaper Clipping from the The Judishe Rundshau - May 4 1937

Vom Judischen Schicksal newspaper clipping 1937

Translation for above article: In this section the absolute highest mark was attained and with one accord the prize was bestowed on a work entitled "Jewish Fate" composed by Richard Fuchs, the head of the board for Art and Culture in Karlsruhe. Mr Fuchs came to the fore with songs out of the common and with chamber music and has written two symphonies for big Orchestra. This choir work on words of Wolfskehl and Susskind v. Trimberg is a heroical composition of verve and strength sometimes even monumental, a work forging into unity of style both manner and matter.

2. Original Newspaper Clipping from The C.V. Zeitung - May 27 1937

Vom Judischen Schicksal newspaper clipping 1937

3. Original  Letter from the Judishen Kulturbund informing Richard Fuchs that permission for "Vom Judischen Schicksal" to be performed has been withdrawn. - 28 October 1937.

Vom Judischen Schicksal banned letter 1937