Gottfried von Einem: An die Nachgeborenen#
Gottfried von Einem's (1918 Bern/Switzerland - 1996 Vienna) presence in
public musical life and his cosmopolitan activities for peace left
their mark on the cultural history of the 20th c. An die
Nachgeborenen (For Future Generations)(1973) op.42, in 7 movements,
is proof of his impact since it was commissioned by the United Nations.
His main compositional goal in the work is to efficiently present the
contents of the texts with all possible means but this meant neither
abandoning tonality nor doing without effective dodecaphonic writing.
Polyphony in the spirit of historical sacred art, archaic elements with
ostinato, romantic spirit and the effective use of timbre (Example) in
an orchestra that concentrates on accompaniment are his stylistic
elements. Einem's (Illustration) organisational principle is symmetry.
© Sound: 1993 Polygram 437 485 - 2, Interpreten: Julia Hamari, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wiener Singverein, Helmut Froschauer (Chorleitung), Wiener Symphoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini (Leitung).