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Autographed and inscribed 3” x 5” Fayer of Vienna postcard photograph with a 4 bar musical quotation of the death scene from the 2nd Act of of the composer’s 1947 opera, “Dantons Tod”.

 

Einem (1918-1996) is considered by many to be the greatest of the crop of Austria’s post World War II composers.  Born into a family of aristocrats, Einem trained in Berlin under Hindemith until the composer left Germany under protest of the new regime.  He the performed as von Karajan’s assistant and repetiteur in Berlin and under Tietjens at Bayreuth. He was arrested by he Gestapo in 1938 and held for four months.  He then studied in Berlin from 1941-1943 with Boris Blacher.  In 1944 he was a resident composer in Dresden at the Semperoper and spent his Summers starting 1945 in Salzburg.  He was appointed artistic consultant in 1946 to help bring a new atmosphere to the post was Festival and was commissioned to write a new opera for the following Summer. “Dantons Tod”, the historical French Revolution story of the “Death of Danton”based upon the play by Georg Büchner, with a libretto co-written with his teacher Boris Blacher was the result and was a critical success at the time.  There was an allegory between Hitler and Robespierre and was what Einem later said they were trying to produce.  The opera was quickly scheduled throughout Europe and has remained well performed in the German language opera houses ever since.  Danton “Der Prozess” and “Der Besuch der Alten Dame”. 

 

While not uncommon as a photograph, or a musical quotation, the combination of the two on one photograph is unusual.         

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