Forbidden Music Regained

Leo Smit Stichting
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Nyuk tsin (The perfect jade) dramatic oratorio

By Ignace Lilien

Vocal music
Male choir and large ensemble (recit sopr bar bas TTBrBrBB 2222 4231 timp 2perc vibr xyl cel pf str(cb))
80 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 009/059 009/060a 009/061a-d 009/
published score
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Dedicated to Dr. Albert Schweitzer


Words by James A. Michener

About Ignace Lilien

Ignace Lilien

His hometown Lemberg, in the Ukraine known as Lviv, and in Poland as Lwów, has a history of occupation by shifting powers. This is why the Germans had trouble figuring out Ignace Lilien's real identity; he survived the war with forged documents. He worked as a chemical engineer, but that didn’t stop him from composing a large oeuvre. His life was as varied as his music, with influences ranging from Polish modernism to South American rhythms and timbres.

by Frans van Ruth