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Spiritual RadicalAbraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972$
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Edward K. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115406

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115406.001.0001

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Theological Revolution (1950–1952)

Theological Revolution (1950–1952)

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Spiritual Radical

Edward K. Kaplan

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Sylvia Heschel, and how she began to launch her own career during the time her husband Abraham was writing and preparing Man is Not Alone for publication. Sylvia had practiced every day for years, preparing for her concert debut at Manhattan's Town Hall. Heschel zealously supported his wife's professional aspirations. He sent out numerous letters with tickets and copies of the program, urging relatives, friends, colleagues, and students to attend the recital. He even enlisted students to distribute tickets. Sylvia Heschel, as the playbill named her, would be performing pieces by Bach, Schumann, Mozart, Chopin, and Maxwell Powers, ending with Stravinsky's “Danse Russe” from Petrouchka. Sylvia's performance touched many in the audience, her expressive body movements heightening the musical emotions. After the concert, people remained to congratulate her.

Keywords:   concert debut, Sylvia Heschel, recital, musical emotions

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