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Präludium from Suite No. 3 (Kuhle Wampe) RealAudio Buy
Ensemble Modern.

Scene from Kuhlewampe
Unemployed Berliners looking for work: A scene from Kuhle Wampe.
From Günter Mayer's liner notes in the Berlin Classics edition of this work: "Suite No. 3 originated as music to the film Kuhle Wampe, made in cooperation with Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Ottwalt and Slatan Dudow in 1931 and probably the most significant document of the proletarian redeployment of the cinema [in Weimar Germany].... Dealing with the subject of mass unemployment, the film is set in a Berlin working-class milieu: in internal courtyards, in the Kuhle Wampe allotments and at a workers' sports meeting. Instead of using plaintive, sentimental music, Eisler set this background scene in working-class Berlin to contrasting 'quick, harsh music,' in order to express the idea of resistance."

Music sample © 1998 BMG Classics. Quotation from Mayer © 1996 edel GmbH.

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