Youngerman, Irit. (2020). “A Melody That Doesn’t Exist Anymore: Negation, Erasure, and Void in Israeli Art Music, as Reflected in Hanoch Jacoby’s Mutatio.” The Musical Quarterly, vol. 103, nos. 1–2 (Winter-spring 2020): 139–183.
Negation—as the denial of certain cultural and identity components—provides the framework for the examination of Mutatio (1975), an orchestral composition by German born Israeli composer Hanoch Jacoby (1909–1990). Along with the resultant erasure and void, negation is viewed as an inseparable aspect of such processes as identity construction, modernization, and secularization, particularly in the context of nationalism. In the case of Mutatio, the embodiment of absence in the work’s “missing theme” resonates the composer’s experience of loss in his flight from National Socialist Germany. On the other hand, the piece itself brings about erasure through its appropriation of traditional ethnic musical materials. Both facets are examined against the composition’s broader cultural context of Israel’s formative years and the generation of its new culture