Unter dayne vayse shtern
Under Your White Stars
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Unter dayne vayse shtern (1950) seems like a regression to an earlier manner of songwriting in Weiner’s oeuvre, but the harmonic maneuvers and elaborate piano writing suggest a continuing development of his style. This is a strongly tonal composition that proceeds in E minor for most of its duration, yet concludes in F minor without any sense of strain.
Editor's note by Neil W. Levin:
Avraham Sutskever is believed to have written this poem in the Vilna Ghetto, where it was originally set to a haunting melody by Abraham Brudno and sung there by Zlate Katcherginsky in a theatrical production of the play Di yogn in fas (The Hunt in the Barrel—a parody of Diogenes in a barrel). After the liquidation of the ghetto, Sutskever joined the partisan fighters and survived the Holocaust. Brudno was deported to a German concentration camp in Estonia, where he was murdered in 1943 or 1944. His version, however, is entirely unrelated to Weiner’s song.