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Otto M. Schwarz

Otto M Schwarz

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 12:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $230.00   |   Score Only (print) - $55.00


Full Score
Solo Violin
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail needed)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Anne Frank was a German Jewish girl who became victim of the Nazi genocide at the age of 15. In 1934 after Hitler had seized power, she fled Germany with her family to Holland and, after the German troops invaded, she went into hiding, concealed in a house in Amsterdam. This is where she began the diary that to this day serves as a historic document of the time.

- Program Note by World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)

The impressive musical images created by Otto M. Schwarz tell the story of the German girl Anne Frank, who lived in hidden rooms of an Amsterdam town house until her family was betrayed and deported to Auschwitz where they all - apart from her father - went to their deaths. The composer, who himself is the father of two daughters, has illustrated various scenes from this young girl's short life in a dramatic and cinematic style.

- Program Note by publisher

The Story of Anne Frank aims to set specific scenes along the narrative of her life. The composer identifies these in the score. The true tale of a German Jewish girl who was made victim of the Nazi genocide is well known to American readers. In 1934, after a German referendum resulted in merging the chancellorship with the presidency, thus securing the Nazi party's hold on power, Anne Frank fled Germany with her family to Holland. When Hitler's troops invaded, she went into hiding in a townhouse in Amsterdam. This is where she began the diary that to this day serves as historic document of the time. On August 4, 1944, the hiding place was given away and the whole family was deported to Auschwitz. The following year,at the age of 15, Anne Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Schwarz relates that writing this music was an imposing task. When he began the work, his two daughters were the same age as Anne at the time of her death, and his father was born the same year as she. The composer understands the delicacy of the subject matter and wishes to convey to his audiences that The Story of Anne Frank is intended to celebrate her spirit and to honor her memory.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

- From A Diary of a Young Girl

- Program Note from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Orchestra, 3 June 2017

Commissioned by the Biblioservice Gelderland / Musicdepartment MUI, Arnhem (The Netherlands).

- Program Note from score


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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