Hanns Eisler (1898–1962) Hanns Eisler Complete Edition (HEGA)
edited by the Internationale Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft together with Stephanie Eisler and the Stiftung Archiv der Akademie der Künste Berlin
The major upheavals that transformed society and musical aesthetics during the first half of the 20th century also profoundly affected the life of Hanns Eisler, as well as his compositions and writings. The importance and scope of Eislers oeuvre are reason enough to make his works accessible to musical scholarship and practice in a comprehensive fashion.
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Thomas Phleps (Music), Georg Witte (Writings)
Music: Oliver Dahin / Johannes C. Gall, Writings: Maren Köster
Music: Hartmut Fladt, Werner Grünzweig, Elmar Juchem, Roland Kluttig, Giselher Schubert
Writings: Albrecht Betz, Albrecht Riethmüller, Jürgen Schebera, Friederike Wißmann
The editorial works are supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Special volumes are made possible with the support of the following foundations:
Klöckner-Stiftung, Lotto-Stiftung, Hanns und Steffy Eisler Stiftung
The goal of the Hanns Eisler Complete Edition (HEGA) is to present to the public all available compositions, writings and letters in an appropriately scholarly form. It takes a historico-critical approach and seeks to document the history of the works and writings by shedding light on their transformations, thus identifying the various versions as witnesses of evolving aesthetic and historical positions.
Eislers complete oeuvre (only a limited number of his works had penetrated the publics awareness up until the 1990s) first became the object of an editorial undertaking when the "Eisler - Gesammelte Werke" (EGW) was founded by Nathan Notowicz. It was later placed under the direction of Manfred Grabs and Eberhardt Klemm, and began issuing its publications in 1968 through the intermediary of the Deutscher Verlag für Musik in Leipzig. However, only four volumes of music and five volumes of writings were published. The Hanns Eisler Complete Edition pursues the work begun at that time, although it has had to fundamentally revise its editorial principles. In this respect, the Hanns Eisler Complete Edition can be considered as a completely new editorial undertaking.
It became necessary to reconceive the organization of the volumes and series as well as the editorial guidelines in order to adapt the standards of historico-critical editing generally applicable today to the specific and sometimes singular circumstances of Eislers works.
The Critical Commentaries pertaining to the main volumes follow the music section or, whenever they are too extensive, appear in a special volume.
Series I: Choral Music
Series II: Music for Voice and Instrumental Ensemble or Orchestra
Series III: Music for Voice and Piano
Series IV: Instrumental Music
Series V: Incidental Music
Series VI: Film Music
Series VII: Sketches and Fragments
Series VIII: Arrangements of works by other composers
Series IX: Writings, Letters and Interviews
This edition has been awarded the German Music Edition Prize.
We offer a PDF of the complete text for download.