Hanns Eisler (18981962)

Serious Songs

for Baritone and String Orchestra

for: Voice (baritone), orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.680067
Author/ComposerHanns Eisler
EditorTobias Fasshauer
Scope28 pages
Duration15 minutes
Release year2018
Publisher/ProducerBreitkopf & Härtel
Producer No.DV 6089
14.90 €
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (Germany )
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With the Ernste Gesaenge (Serious Songs) for baritone and string orchestra Hanns Eisler created at the end of his life a key work whose complex message becomes more than clear from the music settings of texts by five different poets, together with the Hölderlin motto articulated in the prologue. It reflects – between resignation and hope – the difficult current state of societal development.

At the same time, not least by harking back to earlier works, it is a kind of quintessence of his composing. The piano arrangement of the subtle orchestral accompaniment is intended not only as a study aid for singers, but also as a work for public performance.


  • Asyl
  • Traurigkeit
  • Verzweiflung
  • An die Hoffnung
  • XX. Parteitag
  • Komm ins Offene, Freund!
  • Epilog