New material now in the archive of the Ernst Krenek Institute.
We are especially pleased about the Willnauer bequest. Franz Willnauer was in contact with Ernst Krenek for over thirty years, from 1962 to 1990. In his function as culture editor of the monthly journal FORUM, he supervised the publication of Krenek’s essays. Subsequently, he accompanied as dramaturge the performance of a symphony orchestra concert at the Stuttgart State Theater, organized a small Krenek festival in honor of Ernst Krenek’s eightieth birthday with concerts in Bonn and Leverkusen, and, shortly thereafter, as general secretary of the Salzburg Festival in memorial year 1988 – fifty years after the Anschluss (annexation) of Austria – use his influence to promote the premiere of Krenek’s oratorio Simeon the Stylite. Krenek was present at all performances. Thus the Willnauer bequest contains not only letters, but also program booklets with dedications in the composer’s own hand.
A further rarity has also been added to the audio archive: a shellac disk from 1928 with an arrangement for violin and piano of the blues “Leb’ wol, mein Schatz” and “Jonny’s Triumphgesang” from Krenek’s opera "Jonny spielt auf". The arrangements were recorded by Diez Weismann (violin) and Johannes de Leur (piano).
As an interesting addition to Krenek’s correspondence with Universal Edition, we should mention a newly acquired letter from Krenek to the management of UE. The letter has to do with the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Heidelberg Festival.
Book tip: Ernst Krenek – Briefwechsel mit der Universal Edition (1921–1941), edited by Claudia Maurer Zenck
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