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Brecht, Music and Culture. Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge. 9781472528414

Brecht, Music and Culture. Hanns Eisler in Conversation with Hans Bunge

; Bloomsbury Publishing. 2014

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  • EAN: 9781472528414
  • ISBN: 978-1-4725-2841-4
  • Editorial: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Fecha de edición: 2014
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Dimensiones: 14x29
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Traductor: Sabine Berendse y Paul Clements
  • Nº páginas: 289


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Edited and translated by Sabine Berendse and Paul Clements.

The Austrian composer Hanns Eisler was Bertolt Brecht's closest friend and most politically committed collaborator. In these conversations with Hans Bunge which took place over a period of four years, from 1958 until his death in 1962, Eisler offers a compelling and absorbing account of his and Brecht's period of exile in Europe and the USA between 1933 and 1947, and of the quality of artistic, social and intellectual life in post-war East Germany.

Brecht, Music and Culture includes a discussion of a number of Brecht's principal plays, including Life of Galileo and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, considers the place of music in Brecht's work and discusses the time that Brecht was brought before The House of Un-American Activities Committee. It includes lively accounts of Brecht's meetings with key cultural figures, including Arnold Schönberg, Charlie Chaplin and Thomas Mann, and offers throughout a sustained response to the question of the purpose of art in a time of political turmoil.

Throughout the conversations, Eisler provides illuminating and original insights into Brecht's work and ideas and gives a highly entertaining first-hand account of his friend's personality and attitudes. First published in Germany in 1975, and now published in English for the first time, the conversations provide a fascinating account of the lives and work of two of the twentieth century's greatest artists.


Notes to the German edition by Hans Bunge
Translator's note

- Conversation 1
14 Ways of Describing Rain ? Meetings between Brecht and Arnold Schoenberg, Charlie Chaplin and Thomas Mann ? Brecht and Music

- Conversation 2
Galileo ? Hollywood Elegies ? Brecht and Feuchtwanger ? Brecht and Music for the Theatre ? Schweyk in the Second World War

- Conversation 3
Brecht on Arnold Schoenberg ? Gestic Music ? The Caucasian Chalk Circle ? Döblin's 65th Birthday Party

- Conversation 4
Music for The Private Life of the Master Race ? Prologue to Galileo ? Eisler and the House Committee on Un-American Activities ? The Mother in New York ? Brecht and Stefan Zweig ? Bajazzo

- Conversation 5
Brecht's Hexameters for the Communist Manifesto ? Was Brecht a Marxist? ? Brecht's Method of Verfremdung

- Conversation 6
'To Those Born Later' ? Boogie-Woogie ? Eisler on Religion ? Galileo

- Conversation 7
'Hotel Room 1942' ? Hölderlin

- Conversation 8
On Stupidity in Music I ? Hölderlin

- Conversation 9
Hans Mayer's book on Brecht ? Brecht and Georg Lukács

- Conversation 10
The Music to Schweyk in the Second World War ? On Stupidity in Music II

- Conversation 11
Hölderlin Poems ? On Stupidity in Music III

- Conversation 12
Eisler on Classical Literature, on the Function of Art, on Cybernetics and on Napoleon

- Conversation 13
Serious Songs ? Eisler's Plans for a Symphony

- Conversation 14
Eisler and Bunge Compare Their Experiences as Soldiers

Afterword: For the First Edition of the 'Conversations' by Stephan Hermlin


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