Birthplace of Hanns Eisler
Station on the Leipzig Notenrad
The birthplace of Hanns Eisler is located on Hofmeisterstraße 14. Pass by here while travelling along the Leipzig Notenrad (Station 14). Johannes Eisler was born on 6 July 1898, in house no. 14 on the former Gartenstraße (since 1905: Hofmeisterstraße) in Leipzig, the son of the Austrian-Jewish philosopher Rudolf Eisler and the Saxon butcher's daughter Ida Maria Fischer.
The "Mother City", as he called Leipzig, shaped him throughout his life. In Vienna, the "Father City" to which his family returned in 1901, Eisler acquired his comprehensive humanistic education, was drafted during the First World War and wrote his first compositions. Eisler's compositional work was particularly influenced by lessons with Arnold Schönberg, the founder of the twelve-tone technique, from 1919 to 1923.
Eisler composed the GDR national anthem "Auferstanden aus Ruinen" ("Risen from Ruins") in 1945. He also wrote Hollywood film music and was even nominated for an Oscar. Eisler also created the score for the DEFA feature film "Unser täglich Brot" (Our Daily Bread). He is one of the most important German-speaking composers of the 20th century.
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