July 6, birthday of Hanns Eisler: Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain

Odd that this composer, Hans Eisler (1898-1962)  has received so little attention.  He was the first of Arnold Schoenberg’s students to compose a piece in the 12 tone, serial technique.  He also collaborated with Bertolt Brecht, until they both went into exile, their works being banned by the Nazis.  In Hollywood, he thrived, working with Brecht and Friz Lang on a number of films, including “Hangmen also Die,” which was nominated for an academy award. This piece is the 14th movement from his work, “Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain” (14 Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben, Op. 70: 14 Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben, Op. 70) which he composed in honor of Schoenberg’s 70th birthday in 1944.

Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain

July 6, birthday of Hans Eisler: “Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain”

Odd that this composer, Hans Eisler (1898-1962)  has received so little attention.  He was the first of Arnold Schoenberg’s students to compose a piece in the 12 tone, serial technique.  He also collaborated with Bertolt Brecht until they both went into exile, their works being banned by the Nazis.  In Hollywood, he thrived, working with Brecht and Friz Lang on a number of films, including “Hangmen also Die,” which was nominated for an academy award. This piece is the 14th movement from his work, “Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain” (14 Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben, Op. 70: 14 Arten, den Regen zu beschreiben, Op. 70) which he composed in honor of Schoenberg’s 70th birthday in 1944.  However, this recording below, seems to be an earlier version.

Fourteen Ways of Describing the Rain

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