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Lieder / Battle Piece

Artist: Stefan Wolpe
Stefan Wolpe - Lieder / Battle Piece CD
Label: Neos
Regular Price: $18.95
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Year: 2008
Format: CD


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The turn of the year from 1929 to 1930 marked a break in the life of Stefan Wolpe: after long years and many attempts to find his place within the cultural life of the avant-garde in the Weimar Republic, he then made his definitive turn to working as a political composer and worked intensely in the areas of workers' music and agitprop. Without ever abandoning his concepts of the aesthetics of music, which tended toward free atonality, the threat of National Socialist despotism made it necessary for the Jewish avant-garde musician to respond to this threat to human freedom with his music as well. So by the end of the Second World War he had produced various lieder and instrumental works that reflect the specific circumstances of the composer's life and hence document his development as an artist. This crucial phase of Stefan Wolpe's musical creativity, his transformation from avant-garde musician in Berlin to a pioneering mentor for New Music in America, is revealed in the works selected for the present CD.

Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson, tenor/vocalist; Johan Bossers, piano
An Anna Blume für Klavier und Musikal-Clown (Tenor), Op. 5/III (1929)

From: Vier Lieder auf Texte von Lenin, Majakowski und anderen, Op. 7: 1. Eine unterdrückte Klasse (1929); 2. Decret No. 2: An die Armee der Künstler (1929); 3. Was ist "Aufruhr"? (1929); 4. Auch die kleinste Tat (1930)

From: Acht Lieder auf Texte von Heine, Ottwalt, Weinert und anderen, Op. 12: 1. Das Lied vom Abbau (1931); 4. Die Herren der Welt (1931); 6. Wir sind entlassen (1932)
From: Massenlieder, Op. 17: 1. Arbeit und Kapital (1932); 7. Haben Sie Kummer (1931)

From: Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Erich Kästner: 1. Fantasie von Übermorgen; 2. Brief eines Dienstmädchens mit Namen Amalie (1929); 3. Ansprache einer Bardame (1929); Drei Lieder nach Bertold Brecht (1943): 1. Ballade von den Osseger Witwen; 2. Der Gottseibeiuns; 3. Keiner oder alle; From: Zwei Lieder von Berthold Viertel: 1. Lebensmüdigkeit (1945)

Battle Piece: Encouragements for Piano – First piece, in seven parts (1943–1947)
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