Music

A Party for Ernst Krenek

A Party for Ernst Krenek

Thursday 14 March 2013, 7.00pm | Austrian Cultural Forum London

In 1970, soprano Jane Manning hosted an impromptu party for Austrian composer Ernst Krenek after a recording session with him for the BBC. Guests included a crosssection of British composers, huddled in the home of Manning and her husband Anthony Payne. We will celebrate Krenek with a party hosted again by Jane Manning that includes discussion, readings and performances of the composer’s songs together with vocal works by Eisler, Weill, Musgrave, Maw, Wood and Payne by students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the direction of Dinah Stabb and Armin Zanner.

We intend to celebrate Krenek with a party hosted once again by Jane Manning involving discussion, readings and student performances Ernst Krenek (1900-1991) was one of the most prolific musical figures of his time.  Born with the century in 1900, he lived until 1991 and was active as a composer for more than seven decades.  During that time he played a part in many of the century’s significant artistic movements, from atonality to neoclassicism and from jazz-influenced writing to total serialism, with turns to Schubertian lyricism and avant-garde electronic music at various points.  In addition to his astonishing productivity as a composer (his work list includes 242 compositions), he was also a prolific writer and critic as well as an avid educator.  Virtually the only figure of his time to have had both superstar popular success (with his opera Jonny spielt auf) and credibility as a major modernist, the experience of exile was particularly difficult for Krenek, who continued to be productive until the very end of his life without ever recovering his earlier stature.
(From an article by Michael Beckerman)