[Bar,str orch] 1961/62 Duration: 15' Text: Stephan Hermlin, Friedrich Hölderlin, Giacomo Leopardi, Helmut Richter and Berthold Viertel
28 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 134 g | ISMN: 979-0-2004-6499-3 | Saddle Stitch
With the Ernste Gesaenge (Serious Songs) for baritone and string orchestra Hanns Eisler created at the end of his life a key work whose complex message becomes more than clear from the music settings of texts by five different poets, together with the Hölderlin motto articulated in the prologue. It reflects – between resignation and hope – the difficult current state of societal development. At the same time, not least by harking back to earlier works, it is a kind of quintessence of his composing. The piano arrangement of the subtle orchestral accompaniment is intended not only as a study aid for singers, but also as a work for public performance.