Ernst Krenek: Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation

Ernst Krenek Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation
Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation

Ernst Krenek: Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation

Opus:
op. 55
Year of composition:
1927
Composer:
Ernst Krenek
Translator:
Richard Austin (21.12.1959)
Librettist:
Ernst Krenek (30.12.1927)
Instrumentation details:
2·2·2·2 - 0·2·2·0 - timp., perc.(4) - pno - bjo- str.
Scenery:
1
Remarks:
Study score available at Musikproduktion Höflich: www.musikmph.de
Duration:
25’
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Work introduction

This fascinating, effervescent dance music came about from Krenek’s outrage over a statement by the German Ambassador to the U.S.A. when the boxer Max Schmeling was visiting, to the effect that prize-fighters were the true cultural envoys of the day. Krenek decided to expose the silly heroes of the modern era by way of music which, he hoped, would become a popular hit song. Heavyweight is also frequently performed as part of a trilogy, along with The Dictator and The Secret Kingdom.

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