Gideon Klein's arrangements of folksongs, for the prisoner choirs in the Terezin ghetto.
|AKA||Folksong Arrangements (Úpravy lidových písní)|
These were the first compositions that Gideon Klein composed whilst imprisoned in Terezín, dated 1942, and reflecting the ban, eventually lifted, on using instruments. This prohibition was turned into a virtue, resulting in a preponderance of unaccompanied amateur choral music. There are six extant settings, including Poljuško, pole the well-known 1933 Red Army Song of the Plains, as it is often translated as, originally composed by Lev Knipper, with lyrics by Viktor Gusev.