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Hanns Eisler Complete Edition (HEGA)

Schriften Band 1.1 (1921-1935)

By Hanns Eisler

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Schriften Band 1.1 (1921-1935). Composed by Hanns Eisler (1898-1962). Edited by G. Mayer and T. Fasshauer. Buchverlag Breitkopf & Hartel (Music Books). Early modern. Complete Works. Breitkopf and Haertel #BV 341. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.BV-341).

Item Number: BR.BV-341

ISBN 9783765103414. 5 x 8.5 inches.

At last: all the texts of the young Eisler

The publication of the first volume of writings in the Eisler Complete Edition was awaited with great anticipation. The scope of the texts is unusually large, both in their contents and time of origin. They range from the Vienna diary of 1921/22 to the Berlin opera reviews of the years 1927/28 and to Eisler's first major works on musical aesthetics (Die Erbauer einer neuen Musikkultur, 1931, Zur Krise der burgerlichen Musik, 1932) and up to the texts of his first period of exile (up to fall 1935). The editors make this broad spectrum of brilliantly formulated texts - vital testimonies to contemporary history - accessible through detailed and knowledgeable commentaries. The selected facsimile illustrations, comprehensive explanations and detailed register provide solid assistance in understanding the material, which is as topical today as ever before.
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. These discrepancies are listed in the Critical Report.

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