With so much going on in the US, with all political chaos, I can’t help but see the correlation of our present to the time of Hitler and the Nazi. Thinking about the similarities made me think about World War II, and that led me to think about Schindler’s List. That was when I had the urge to re-watch the film last night. But before that, I had to think of a song for this month’s Symphonic Selections, and I’d decided on a piece from the film prior to watching it. I almost went for its well-known main theme — all composed by John Williams — but I chose a different piece, one that was featured in what I considered the most powerful moment in the film.
The piece opens in a foreboding manner, mirroring the most dangerous and courageous Oskar Schindler’s about to do — to further defy the German regime and save 1100+ Jewish who are being oppressed on the basis of their religion. Here’s a man who is ready to risk everything, including his fortune, to save the Jewish folks from being massacred. He and his assistant, Stern, compile together a list of names, and the music matches its franticness as they push on towards their goal. When they finish, the music slows down to play the main theme of the film. Its poignancy shows the friendship between Schindler and Stern, how the two of them come together to resist the Nazis. The full realisation of what they’re doing — that they’re saving lives — culminates the composition. This scene and piece isn’t flashy like some scenes, but for me this captures the true strength and goodness in people.
Are you familiar with this piece? What do you think of this song? Have you seen the film? Let me know in the comments!