Hanns Eisler, an Austrian-German composer mostly known for his music that he composed for Bertolt Brecht’s plays, often dealt with the key social events of the 20th century in his work. After distancing himself from the twelve tone technique, which was developed by his teacher Schoenberg, Eisler embraced the principles of socialist art and aimed to contribute to the creation of a collective music culture as well as striving to outreach to a wide public. Eisler, who endeavoured to form and develop a socialist view throughout his life, frequently expressed his political views in his work. As the composer of the German Demokratic Republic anthem and his numerous and widespread successes he made in Europe and America, Eisler has never achieved the recognation he deserves in our country as well as globally. This paper aims to make an analysis on Hanns Eisler’s life and work, with a specific focus on his years of exile during World War II.
Hanns Eisler, Bertolt Brecht, Arnold Schoenberg, Composer
|Author :||Çiğdem ERKEN|
|Number of pages:||150-158|