Internationale Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft (IHEG) e.V.

EislerTage 2023 in Leipzig - July 6 to July 9, 2023

International Hanns Eisler Society, Berlin in cooperation with the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig and the Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig

Thursday, July 6, 2023
125. Birthday of Hanns Eisler

18.00 / Festsaal Altes Rathaus, Museum of City History
“Anmut sparet noch Mühe” – The composer Hanns Eisler

Exhibition opening

Dr. Skadi Jennicke (Mayor of Culture of the City of Leipzig), Dr. Anselm Hartinger (Director), Kerstin Sieblist (Curator Music and Theater Collection), Prof. Klaus Völker (Chairman of the International Hanns Eisler Society), Bettina Weil (Curator of the exhibition, International Hanns Eisler Society).

Reiko Brockelt (clarinet), Anaya Hubach (mezzo-soprano), Laura Schwind (piano)

Free admission

Friday, July 7, 2023

20.00 / Mendelssohn House, Salon
Piano recital: works by Hanns Eisler, students and teachers

Steffen Schleiermacher
Ticket price: 18 EUR / reduced 14 EUR

Saturday, July 8, 2023

9.00 – 12.00 / Mendelssohn House, Garden House
From the Works of Hanns Eisler – The Hanns Eisler Complete Edition (HEGA) of the International Hanns Eisler Society, Berlin presents itself
Greeting: Prof. Klaus Völker (Berlin, Chairman of the IHEG), Nick Pfefferkorn (Leipzig/Wiesbaden, Publishing Director Breitkopf & Härtel)


  • Between scholarly documentation and artistic-practical challenge: On the historical-critical edition of Hanns Eisler’s works / Prof. Dr. Hartmut Fladt
  • Hanns Eisler’s music for stage to pieces by Bertolt Brecht / Prof. Klaus Völker
  • Discoveries while editing the ” Maßnahme ” / Dr. Peter Schweinhardt
  • On the Edition of Eisler’s ” Deutsche Symphonie ” / Dr. Johannes C. Gall
  • Musical Intermezzi: Anaya Hubach (mezzo-soprano), Laura Schwind (piano)
Free admission

19.00 / Mendelssohn House, Garden House
Speech: Eisler’s songs of the 1920s / Dr. Knud Breyer

Free admission

20.00 / Mendelssohn House, Salon
Song recital: In dialogue? – Hanns Eisler’s songs and the work of his colleagues in Leipzig and Berlin
Songs by Hanns Eisler, Wilhelm Weismann, Johannes Weyrauch and Rudolf Wagner-Régeny
Patrick Grahl (tenor), Klara Hornig (piano)
Ticket price: 18 EUR / reduced 14 EUR


Sunday, July 9, 2023

9.30 – 10.30 a.m. / Mendelssohn House, Garden House
From the work of Hanns Eisler: “Johann Faustus” – opera text without music


  • Eisler’s “Faustus” and the “Faustus” debate: working process, crises and conflicts. New perspectives from the archive / Peter Konopatsch
  • Eisler’s Faustus as a text composition / Gabriele Groll

Free admission

11.00 – 12.30 / Mendelssohn House, Salon
“Johann Faustus” – unrecorded opera text by Hanns Eisler

Friedhelm Eberle, Speaker
Stephan König, Piano Improvisations on Faustus Fragments by Hanns Eisler
(Ticket reservation required, contact under “Registration and ticket reservation”)
Ticket price: 18 EUR / reduced 14 EUR

15.00 – 16.30 / Meeting point Hotel Radisson Blu / End point Auerbachs Keller
Faust in Leipzig. Walk with the contemporary Hieronymus Lotter (1497 – 1580)
Guided tour with Karsten Pietsch (actor)
Reservation by tel. + Fax: +49 (0)341 9900659

Ticket: 10 EUR

Leipzig Museum of City History
Old city hall
Markt 1
04109 Leipzig

Exhibition is located in the
Böttchergäßchen 3
04109 Leipzig

Mendelssohn House
Garden house and salon
Goldschmidtstraße 12
04103 Leipzig

Registration and ticket reservation (only matinée 9.7.2023)
Internationale Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft (IHEG)
Petra Hildebrand-Wanner
Eisenbahnstraße 21, 10997 Berlin
Phone +49 (0) 30 / 61 28 84 61
Phone +49 (0) 170 / 930 17 59


Concept / Project coordination
Bettina Weil (Leipzig), Petra Hildebrand-Wanner (Berlin)

External Event Recommendation:

July 6, 8:30 p.m. / naTo, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 46, 04275 Leipzig
“Hanns Eisler HERE and NOW on the occasion of his 125th birthday”.
Ingala Fortagne (vocals, concept), Martin Steuber (electric guitar, arrangements)

July 9, 11:00 a.m. / Start by bicycle: Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, HAUS BÖTTCHERGÄßCHEN / Endpoint: Botanical Garden of the University of Leipzig, Linnéstraße 1, 04103 Leipzig
Wheel Action Day Notes & Gardens on Building Culture and Urban Nature

Singing together in the footsteps of Hanns Eisler

with Michael Berninger (LeipzigGrün) and Sabine Brückner (Der Fröhliche Chor), a bike tour of music history and garden art in Leipzig including a short visit to the exhibition “Anmut sparet nicht noch Mühe” The composer Hanns Eisler and a concert in the Botanical Garden

Duration about 5 hours, 20 km

Participation free of charge