stefan wolpe

Berlin 1929-31

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Agitprop and dada songs

Stefan Wolpe begins now to be put in the right place - the young man who played eight turntables simultaneously in 1928 became 25 years later the professor of Morton Feldman... If it's a fact that his American work is better known in the recent years, what we propose here is still unpublished - this is his work as a young angry composer in Berlin in the early thirties. Agitprop and Dada Songs, with texts by Maiakovski, Schwitters and Lenin... Mainly pieces for piano performed by Marianne Pousseur, Lucy Grauman, Vincent Bouchot (voices) and Johan Bossers (piano)

from Schwitters to Lenin...

Stefan Wolpe (Berlin 1902-New York 1972), closely linked to Dada and the far left wing, was an active member of the "Novembergruppe", so named after the month in which the Revolution of 1918 occurred, which led to the downfall of the German monarchy. "... it brought together radical artists - radical in their rejection of customary forms of expression, radical in their use of new means of expression..."

From there, he drifted between Austria, Romania and Palestine, finally going to New York in 1938, where he stayed until the end of his life. After the Second World War, he was the leading person for the New York school.

PERFORMED BY

MARIANNE POUSSEUR
LUCY GRAUMAN
VINCENT BOUCHOT
JOHAN BOSSERS

TRACKLISTING CD - 22 TRACKS

01 an anna blume op.5/iii für klavier und musikal clown (kurt schwitters)
02 auftrittsmarsch - agitpropptruppe "roter stern"
03 décret no 2 - an die armee der künstler (vladimir maïakowski)
04 erst haben sie ihn die welt gesetzt (erst ottwalt)
05 fantasie von übermorgen
06 bohrerlied
07 wahltag (thomas ring)
08 was ist aufruhr? weh.
09 kampfruf (4 antikriegslieder) (erich weinert)
drei lieder von willi für alt und klavier. op.8 (willi wolpe)
10 i. arme schwester auf der straße...
11 ii. ich habe meine katze begraben...
12 iii. der du nichts sehen kannst...
13 die herren der welt (erich weinert)
14 adagio - gesang weil ich etwas teures verlassen muß
15 ob du an der maschine stehst (fedja bönsch)
16 brief eines dienstmädches mit namen amalie (erich kästner)
17 ansprache einer bardame (erich kästner)
18 wir sind entlassen (walter mehring nach jean baptiste clement)
19 rote armee (johannes r. becher)
20 auch die kleinste tat (hans eckelt)
21 die schleisischen weber (heinrich heine)
22 eine unterdrückte klasse die nicht danach strebt... (lenin)