The Judas kiss is my obsession

A portrait of the German-Jewish composer Peter Ury

Concert with introductory event and salon talk

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Peter Ury was born in Ulm in 1920 as the child of the Jewish pediatrician Sigmar Ury and his wife Fanny Hedwig. He is one of many Jewish composers, mostly unknown today, who had to leave Germany for England in 1939 due to persecution by the National Socialists.

In his texts and works, Peter Ury deals with his escape from Germany and his religious background. A large part of his musical output consists of song compositions for voice and piano. His estate includes settings of poems by Else Lasker-Schüler and Erich Fried, with whom he was also friends.

The concert provides unique insights into Peter Ury’s compositional and musical-dramaturgical work. The focus is on his work “Judas Kiss”. Ury’s interpretation of the biblical story and ideas for the rehabilitation of Judas Iscariot are illustrated using archival documents and surviving songs.

Course of the event

16.45: Introduction to the research project on Peter Ury and the history of his estate
Prof. Dr. Sarah Ross, Director of the European Center for Jewish Music and Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck, Director of Villa Seligmann

5.30 pm: Concert with selected songs based on poems by Else Lasker-Schüler, Erich Fried, Robert Graves and Saul Tschernikowsky as well as “The Judas Kiss” (music and reading)
EvaGlasmacher, Soprano
Tomas Bächli, piano
Inga Krause, reading

approx. 6.30 pm: Salon discussion on the topic “Judas Iscariot between tradition and rehabilitation”
Rabbi Dr. Gábor Lengyel
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wegner
, Lower Saxony State Commissioner against Anti-Semitism and for the Protection of Jewish Life

Tickets 28 Euro (Great Hall), 18 Euro / reduced. 8 Euro (Salon) can be purchased in our webshop, by e-mail to or by telephone on 0511-844 887 200.
Admission is from 4.30 pm.

A cooperation event of the European Center for Jewish Music (EZJM) and the Villa Seligmann.