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Hanns Eisler

6 jul 1898 (Leipzig) - 6 sep 1962 (Berlin)


Books about Hanns Eisler and his music

bookTheodor W. Adorno and Hanns Eisler Composing for the Films (Continuum Impacts)
Continuum, 2007-11-15; ISBN 0826499023; 133 pages
This classic account of the nature of film music aesthetics was first published in 1947. Its value comes from a unique combination of talents and experience enjoyed by the book's authors. Eisler's time at Hollywood gave him a particular insight on the technical questions which arise for composers when music is used in the production of films; while Adorno was able to contribute on wide aesthetic and sociological matters as well as specifically musical questions. Above all, the authors envisaged the book as a contribution to the study of modern, industrialised culture; and, in this respect, it has a particular importance to the whole area of cultural studies. Price indication: $ 10.95
bookHanns Eisler A Rebel in Music: Selected Writings
Kahn & Averill Publishers, 2000-02-01; ISBN 1871082714; 223 pages
This is a reprint of the collection of Eisler's writings in English, first published in 1978. For Eisler the written word was very important and people paid tribute to his mind, quickness of thought, wit and breadth of cultural knowledge. Price indication: $ 17.18
bookAlbrecht Betz and Bill Hopkins Hanns Eisler Political Musician
Cambridge University Press, 1982; ISBN 0521240220; 336 pages
Originally published in German in 1976, this is the first study of Hanns Eisler to appear in English. Eisler's role in German music is similar to that of Brecht in German literature and the two men worked together for nearly thirty years. Together with Webern and Berg, Eisler is considered one of the three great pupils of Schoenberg. Albrecht Betz divides Eisler's life and music into four periods. The early formative period as student of Schoenberg includes compositions written in Vienna up to 1925. From 1926 to 1933, the second period, which coincided with the last years of the Weimar Republic, Eisler lived in Berlin and made his greatest impact with his political vocal music. The third phase of Eisler's life, fifteen years of exile, was spent principally in the USA, and the fourth (from 1948) in East Germany. The author shows how Eisler is distinguished from other great twentieth-century composers in his belief that music had a social function, and how he liberated modern music from what he and others felt was its isolation - an isolation caused by the separation of musical technique from social content. In particular, the 1920s were an important period in the development of the composer, who, along with his friends Brecht, Piscator and Grosz, launched a new political art. The social changes caused by World War I and the October Revolution, Schoenberg's revolutionary atonality and dodecaphony, and the impact of new mass media - radio, phonograph and sound films - all contributed to this development. This new English edition is illustrated with music examples and includes a complete list of works, and a bibliography which has been adapted for the English-speaking reader. Price indication: $ 80.00
bookHanns Eisler Rebel in Music
Intl Pub, 1978; ISBN 0717804860; 223 pages Price indication: $ 1.95
bookDAVID BLAKE Hanns Eisler (Contemporary Music Studies)
Routledge, 1995; ISBN 371865573X; 495 pages
This book makes no attempt to cover all aspects of Eisler's huge output. It does however draw together most of the main threads of his life and deals in detail with several of them. At the heart of the book is the first English translation of the libretto to the unwritten opera ''Johann Faustus'', a text of great literary distinction which represents one of Eisler's most sustained creative efforts. Along with other previously untranslated Eisler writings there are articles by several internationally recognised literary critics and musicologists representing a wide range of approaches. The editor, the only British pupil of Eisler, has contributed a substantial essay on the early music. David Blake is Professor of Music at the University of York. He was awarded the 1960 Mendelssohn Scholarship, which enabled him to study with Hanns Eisler in East Berlin as a Meisterschuler of the GDR Akademie der Kunste. Price indication: $ 110.00
bookAlbrecht Betz Hanns Eisler Political Musician
Cambridge University Press, 2006-12-14; ISBN 0521034345; 340 pages
Eisler's role in German music is similar to that of Brecht in German literature and the two men worked together for nearly thirty years. Together with Webern and Berg, Eisler is considered one of the three great pupils of Schoenberg. Albrecht Betz divides Eisler's life and music into four periods. The early formative period as student of Schoenberg includes compositions written in Vienna up to 1925. From 1926 to 1933, the second period, Eisler lived in Berlin and made his greatest impact with his political vocal music. The third phase of Eisler's life, fifteen years of exile, was spent principally in the USA, and the fourth (from 1948) in East Germany. The author shows how Eisler is distinguished from other great twentieth-century composers in his belief that music had a social function, and how he liberated modern music from what he and others felt was its isolation. Originally published in German in 1976, this English edition is illustrated with music examples and includes a complete list of works, and a bibliography which has been adapted for the English-speaking reader. Price indication: $ 53.89
bookFritz Hennenberg Hanns Eisler. Mit Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten.
Rowohlt Tb., 1987; ISBN 3499503700 Price indication: $ 9.55
bookManfred Grabs Hanns Eisler: A Rebel in Music
International, 1978 Price indication: $ 10.98
bookFederal Bureau of Investigations Hanns Eisler - The FBI Files (Volume Two)
The FBI Files, 2009-07-27; 422 pages
Hanns Eisler - The FBI Files (Volume Two) is a high quality publication of the official records and files of the Federal Buereau of Investigations related to Hanns Eisler. Hanns Eisler, alien German composer, was investigated by the FBI from 1942 until hi Price indication: $ 19.98

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Songs of Betolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler - Oak Knoll



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