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Just whom does this Hanns Eisler make music for?

Hanns Eisler was a student of Arnold Schoenberg. He wrote music for workers' choirs in Berlin and the film industry in Hollywood, for avant-garde music festivals and communist party events, for the radio, theatre and cabaret. He composed important piano, chamber and orchestral music, more than 500 songs and a national anthem ...more


Steffen Schleiermacher on the 60th

On May 3rd, pianist, composer and Eisler interpreter Steffen Schleiermacher turned 60. Since the foundation of the musica nova series in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, he has been committed to the performance of modern 20th century composers. Numerous works by Hanns Eisler were heard in this series. He recently finished and released a highly acclaimed series of 4 CDs - recordings of known and unknown Eisler songs - together with the baritone Holger Falk. A book presentation and the birthday concert of the Gewandhaus planned in his honor unfortunately had to be canceled due to corona. The mdr and numerous press media paid tribute to him.
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Jürgen Schebera on the 80th

© Archive Dr. Jürgen Schebera, adaptation by Thomas Neumann

On April 9, the Eisler expert Jürgen Schebera turned 80. Congratulations and thanks for a life for and with Eisler and science! We are looking forward to the postponed lecture by him - unfortunately it could not take place due to corona and is to be made up for in autumn this year in cooperation with the Ernst Busch Society. A separate article is dedicated to him in the upcoming Eisler-Mitteilungen.


Eisler-Mitteilungen 69 published

The new Eisler-Mitteilungen have been published with a major contribution by the Austrian composer Hannes Heher to Charlotte Eisler, the first wife of Hanns Eisler and mother of his son Georg Eisler. Also represented ist Diego Alonso on Otto Mayer-Serra in the 1930s. Tobias Widmaier from the Center for Popular Culture and Music at the University of Freiburg discovered in 2000 a previously unknown text by Eisler about the collapse of the DASP in 1933, which is not included in the HEGA. Peter Deeg interviewed Jürgen Schebera on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Four anniversaries are still in sight: 250 Hegel - Hölderlin - Beethoven - 300 Breitkopf & Härtel by Albrecht Dümling on the chronicle and with an extract from an interview with publisher Nick Pfefferkorn by Claudius Böhm from the Gewandhausmagazin Leipzig.
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With Greetings from the singer Karyn Levitt


As we are all going through these troubled times together, dealing with great losses in the arts because of COVID-19, I thought I'd share this message of hope from Brecht and Eisler in their song, "A Saying for 1939." As we look forward to brighter days, I hope this clip will bring you solace.

With all good wishes,

Karyn Levitt
Executive Director
Royal Road Productions

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Hanns Eisler Scholarship 2021 - Call for applications

Announcement: international Hanns Eisler Scholarship from the City of Leipzig 2021

The International Hanns Eisler Scholarship from the City of Leipzig will also be awarded in 2021. This is the third time that Leipzig, the city of music, is showing the vivid memory of Hanns Eisler, one of the most important composers of the 20th century, who was born in Leipzig in 1898.
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