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03 October 2020

Dance on the volcano Music for film and theater around 1930
Dresdner Philharmonie conducted by Jonathan Stockhammer - Philharmonie im Kulturpalast, Konzertsaal

Program Info:
This program leads to the turn from the 1920s to the 1930s, and thus into the middle of a highly turbulent time in which some cultural developments began, which were linked to especially after the war in eastern Germany. All works are so-called applied music, which was composed for the film or the theater. Kurt Weill's ›Kleine Dreigroschenmusik‹ transfers the greatest hits from the Dreigroschenoper, which was performed with sensational success at that time, in instrumental versions to the concert hall. Jazz Suite No. 1 was created in connection with Shostakovich's work in the Soviet Jazz Commission. It’s not really jazz,but rather resemble the three movements of more typical cinema music and the famous waltz was later actually used in films, both in the Soviet Union and in Stanley Kubrick's ›Eyes Wide Shut‹. Hanns Eisler's Suite No. 3 also goes back to film music, namely ›Kuhle Wampe oder Wem die die Welt‹ (1932), an extremely impressive proletarian film for which Eisler wrote, among other things, the famous ›Solidarity Song‹, which in the suite as Finale sounds.
Out of frustration with the opera, Paul Dessau claims to have turned to the film and in 1928 took over the management of cinema music at Berlin's Alhambra cinema on KuDamm. His film music for the early Walt Disney animated films, which we present live on the moving images, comes from this time.

Kurt Weill - Little Threepenny Music (1929)
Dmitri Schostakowitsch - Jazz Suite No. 1 (1934)
Hanns Eisler - Suite ›Kuhle Wampe‹ (1931/32)
Paul Dessau - Music live for animated films by Walt Disney (1928)

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