Deutsche Symphonie, Op.50 (Eisler, Hanns)

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Sheet Music


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Publisher. Info. Lieder und Kantaten, Bd.3 (pp.1-71, 106-107)
Leipzig: VEB Breitkopf & Härtel, 1958. Plate D.A.K. 3.
Misc. Notes The movement with text by Eisler and Silone and the purely orchestral movements are not uploaded at this time.
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General Information

Work Title Deutsche Symphonie, Op.50
Alternative. Title
Composer Eisler, Hanns
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.50
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 11 movements
I. Präludium (Brecht)
II. An die Kämpfer in den Konzentrationslagern (Brecht)
III. Etüde für Orchester
IV. Erinnerung (Potsdam)
V. In Sonnenburg (Brecht)
VI. Intermezzo für Orchester
VII. Begräbnis des Hetzers im Zinksarg (Brecht)
VIII. Bauernkantate (Eisler/Silone)
IX. Arbeiterkantate: Das Lied vom Klassenfeind (Brecht)
X. Allegro für Orchester
XI. Epilog
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1935-39 (most movements); 1947, 1958 (remaining movements)
First Performance. 1959-04-24 at the German State Opera in East Berlin (premiere of full work)
First Publication. 1958
Copyright Information Under copyright in the USA until January 1, 2054 due to GATT/TRIPS restoration.
PA0000913437 / 1997-12-02
Librettist Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), the composer (1898-1962), Ignazio Silone (1900-1978) (see below)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 70 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Mixed choir, Mezzo-soprano solo, Baritone solo, Bass solo, 2 speakers, and large orchestra

Misc. Comments

The title is also spelled 'Deutsche Sinfonie'.

The first two movements won a prize at the 15th Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM), and were supposed to be performed at the 1937 World Exhibition in Paris. As the work was strongly anti-Nazi in sentiment (the subtitle at that time was 'An Anti-Hitler Symphony'), the German government succeeded in pressuring the French into canceling the performance.

Eisler's Op.49 was written in 1936 and his Op.54 in 1937, implying that he gave the Deutsche Symphonie its opus number (Op.50) when the work was not yet complete.

For the movements with text not by Brecht, Eisler adapted texts by Ignazio Silone, whose works are still under copyright in Canada. These movements are thus not available on IMSLP.