Dear music lovers,
here is the third issue of Musikblätter, our commitment to continuing the tradition of Musikblätter des Anbruch; this edition reflects this heritage in many ways.
This time, we are publishing several texts from historical music journals in our Penned in the Past column. These are articles which particularly demonstrate the great, idealistic dedication our predecessors brought to the music of their time. Although it is scarcely imaginable today, the fact is that there was a time when works by the likes of Leoš Janáček actually had to be advertised; Max Brod recalls in his obituary that he was the first person to mention the name Janáček in a German-language publication.
Pierre Boulez and Patrice Chéreau both refer to Brod’s work in the double interview with them on their phenomenal interpretation of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead. Boulez reminds us that Janáček was a great fan of Alban Berg, particularly his Wozzeck, and that the latter was opposed in Czechoslovakia for nationalistic reasons.
We are also publishing an essay by Paul Stefan, written for Berg’s 50th birthday, along with information on the question of the different versions of his two operas Wozzeck and Lulu.
Friedrich Cerha reconstructed Act III of Lulu; he will be awarded the renowned Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in June. In our interview with him, he recounts his experiences of the war in a very personal way, revealing how they still influence him today.
Luke Bedford (b. 1978 in Great Britain) will be receiving the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Composer’s Prize; we introduce his work along with that of his countryman David Sawer, as well as with a closer look at this issue’s featured piece, Georges Lentz’ viola concerto Monh.
Last but not least, Kim Kowalke, president of the Kurt Weill Foundation in New York, provides insight into the creation and reception of Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
You can find information on our current premières and first performances in the comprehensive Listings section.
Again, we welcome your comments and suggestions.
We hope that you enjoy this issue,
Your UE Promotion Team