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Morning Concert:
Composer Paul Dessau

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 139 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Perhaps best known as the musician who, starting in 1944, composed scores for some of the plays and operas by Bertolt Brecht, including “Mother Courage” and “A Man Is A Man”, Paul Dessau was one of the most important political composers of the 20th century. In this program, recorded on May 7, 1976, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the East German musicologist Fritz Hennenberg, who was visiting the San Francisco Bay Area from his home in Leipzig. Hennenberg has authored two books on Paul Dessau and provides here countless tidbits of information about the composer and his partnership with Brecht. Also joining the discussion is Helga Lohr-Bailey, who also acts as a translator for Hennenberg, and Ronald G. Davis, the director of Epic West, a Bay Area organization dedicated to popularizing the works of Brecht, and the sponsor for Hennenberg’s visit. A generous selection of Dessau’s music, much of it from East German record labels, is also offered up for our enjoyment.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  An Meine Landsleute (”To My People”) [text by Bertolt Brecht] (1965) -- In Memoriam Bertolt Brecht (1957) (13:25) -- Aufbaulied der FDJ [text by Bertolt Brecht] (1949) (1:48) -- Das Zukunftslied (”Song of the Future”) [text by Bertolt Brecht] (1949) (2:45) -- Hymnus 1959 [text by Johannes R. Becher] (1959) (8:31) -- Lied Von Der Grossen Kapiulation (”Song of the Big Capitulation”) [text by Bertolt Brecht, from Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (“Mother Courage and Her Children”)] (1946-49) (4:04)
Performers:  Gisela May, voice (An Meine)
Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig (Memoriam)
Paul Dressau, conductor (Memoriam)
Radio Youth Choir of Leipzig (Aufbaulied)
Hermann Hähnel, baritone (Zukunftslied)
Hans Sandig, conductor (Aufbaulied ; Zukunftslied)
Renate Krahmer, soprano (Hymnus)
Günther Leib, baritone (Hymnus)
Ekkehard Schall, narrator (Hymnus)
Radio Choir of Leipzig (Hymnus)
Radio Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig (Hymnus)
Herbert Kegel, conductor (Hymnus)
Helene Weigel, voice (Lied)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Opera
Subject:  Dessau, Paul, 1894-1979; Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956; 20th century classical; Songs with instrumental ensemble; Orchestral music; Choruses with instrumental ensemble; Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble; Cantatas, Secular (Mixed voices); Operas -- Excerpts
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hennenberg, Fritz; Lohr-Bailey, Helga; Davis, R. G.; Dessau, Paul, 1894-1979; Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956; Becher, Johannes Robert, 1891-1958; May, Gisela; Hähnel, Hermann; Sandig, Hans; Krahmer, Renate; Leib, Günther ; Schall, Ekkehard; Kegel, Herbert; Weigel, Helene, 1900-1971
Recording Date:  5/7/1976
First Broadcast Date:  5/7/1976
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Das Verhör des Lukullus (”The Trial of Lucullus”): Final Scene [text by Bertolt Brecht] (9:22) -- Fünf Kinderlieder: Vom Kind, Das Sich Nicht Waschen Wollte (”Of The Child, Who Did Not Want To Wash Itself”) (1:39) ; Der Pfluamenbaum (”The Plum Tree”) (1:16) ; Kleines Bettlelied (”The Little Begging Song”) (2:04) ; Mein Bruder war ein Flieger (”My Brother Was A Flier”) (1:09) ; Gottseibeiuns (”God Be With Us”) (3:00) [texts by Bertolt Brecht] (1949) -- Orchestermusik No. 4 (1973) (20:00)
Performers:  Roswitha Trexler, soprano (Fünf)
Werner Pauli, guitar (Fünf)
Staatskapelle Berlin (Orchestermusik)
Günter Herbig, conductor (Orchestermusik)
Genres:  20th Century Classical; Music Theater
Subject:  Dessau, Paul, 1894-1979; Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956; 20th century classical; Music theater; Songs (High voice) with guitar; Orchestral music
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Hennenberg, Fritz; Lohr-Bailey, Helga; Davis, R. G.; Dessau, Paul, 1894-1979; Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956; Trexler, Roswitha; Pauli, Werner; Herbig, Gunther
Recording Date:  5/7/1976
First Broadcast Date:  5/7/1976
 
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