Hanns Eisler / Edition 1

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783718655755
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Contemporary Music Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
List of plates
1 "I don't give a damn about this Spring" 1
2 The early music 11
3 On the situation in modern music 65
4 On the bourgeois concert business 69
5 My father 73
6 Die Massnahme. The vanishing Lehrstuck 79
7 The invigorating effect of music? 91
8 Eisler's serialism: concepts and methods 103
9 Eisler and Adorno 133
10 Eisler's An die Nachgeborenen: another concrete Utopia 159
11 Arnold Schoenberg 171
12 Hanns Eisler's Deutsche Sinfonie 181
13 Hollywood and home 203
14 Notes on Dr Faustus 251
Johann Faustus: An opera libretto 259
15 On the Faustus debate 363
16 Music and politics: theme and variations 393
17 Thoughts on Hanns Eisler 407
18 Ask me more about Brecht 413
19 Hanns Eisler the thinker 441
20 Recollections 453
Chronology of Eisler's life 467
Chronological list of main works 471
Chronological list of main writings 475
List of contributors 477
Bibliography 481
Index 491
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