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Hollenangst (1948)

By Hanns Eisler

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Hollenangst (1948). Composed by Hanns Eisler (1898-1962). Edited by Peter Schweinhardt. Complete Works.

Awarded the German Music Edition Prize 2007

Early modern. Complete Works. Breitkopf and Haertel #SON 502. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.SON-502).

Item Number: BR.SON-502

ISBN 9790004802489. 10 x 12.5 inches.

Ausgezeichnet mit dem Deutschen Musikeditionspreis (Best Edition) Heaven must be scared as hell!

In the refrain of his entrance song, the lead character of Hollenangst, Wendelin, introduces the title of this farce with music as he sings: My soul, Heaven must be scared as hell! Nestroy thus used the title of his farce, which obtained little success at its premiere in 1849, in a central passage of his text as well. When Eisler wrote his incidental music to this play a hundred years later, it was no longer a revolution (as in 1848) but a world war that had just ended. Amazingly, Nestroy's text needed only a few changes to become topical once again for the audiences of 1948. This was the opening work of Vienna's new theater in der Scala, which was established that year at the initiative of re-emigres. Eisler considerably expanded the number of vocal pieces in comparison with Nestroy's stage version with music by Michael Hebenstreit. He even entered the realm of music theater with his over 20 music numbers of varying dimensions, as he had already done in 1934 with Die Rundkopfe und die Spitzkopfe and in 1943 with Schwejk im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Individual numbers from the Hollenangst took on a successful life of their own after the world premiere, such as the overture, which became known under the title Ouverture zu einem Lustspiel, and the extended ensemble scene Die Angst, die Angst geht um!, in which Nestroy laid down the central theme of the work in the style of a leitmotif. Die Angst was one of the warhorses of Vienna's Klangforum during the Eisler anniversary year 1998. Thanks to the publication of this volume in the Hanns Eisler Gesamtausgabe, the entire Hollenangst is now available for the first time in score.
Alban Berg Bertolt Brecht Rudolf Kolisch Erwin Piscator and Arnold Schoenberg. Eisler's most important female correspondent during his American exile (which began in 1938) is his second wife Louise nee Gosztony. The publication of the many previously unknown meticulously analyzed documents allow deep insights into the biographical stations and personal relationships of the politically minded and politically active composer. The film which drew considerable attention won the Jean Vigo Award in 1956 and was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival. It was later the object of a double reception in East and West Germany at different times and in different versions. The musical text of the Complete Edition is based on the autograph partial score. During the recording of the soundtrack for the film it emerged - as is confirmed by the performing parts - that modifications had been made in comparison to the music of the scores. For example certain groups of measures were repeated so as to ensure that picture and music were synchronous.

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