OP0407. AURORA (E.T.A. Hoffmann), recorded 1990, w.Dechant Cond. Bamberg Ensemble; Holger Ohlmann, Evelyn Meier, Wolfgang Koch, Christian Rieger, etc. (Austria) 3-Bayer 100 276/78, w. Elaborate 57pp. Libretto-Brochure in German. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 401156310762
“E. T. A. Hoffmann, born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror as well as a jurist and composer. Hoffman was educated in law and became a Prussian law officer in the Polish provinces in 1800, where he served until the defeat of Prussia by Napoleon in 1806. He then held several jobs in the music field as a conductor, critic, and theatrical musical director. He composed the ballet ARLEQUIN in 1811 and the opera UNDINE in 1816, and in 1813 he changed his third baptismal name, Wilhelm, to Amadeus in homage to the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
In 1814-15, Hoffman published PHANTASIESTÜCKE IN CALLOTS MANIER, four volumes of stories that established him as a popular German writer. Hoffman went on to write two novels and more than 50 short stories in the rest of his life, while supporting himself with a job in a legal office in Berlin. His stories, especially his later collections, were popular in England, the United States, and France. Hoffmann's most famous stories are THE SANDMAN and THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING, on which the famous ballet THE NUTCRACKER was based.”
“Hermann Dechant is an Austrian conductor, flautist, musicologist, composer and music publisher. After leaving school he studied flute (with Aurèle Nicolet at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin ) and conducting at the State Academy of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and musicology at Erich Schenk, Theatre Studies at Heinz Kindermann, philosophy and history at the University of Vienna. From 1960 to 1973 he was (under Keilberth and Eugen Jochum) principal flutist with the Bamberg Symphony. From 1964 to 1971 he was dean at the ETA Hoffmann Theatre in Bamberg as director of incidental music. This led to collaboration with Gerd Gutbier, Heinrich Böll , Bruno Magnoni and many others. Dechant currently works with his wife, the pianist Margit Haider-Dechant (Anton Bruckner Private University Linz), as head of a music publishing company in Vienna and Bonn. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and books, particularly the history of conducting and the history of music for wind instruments. He is also the author of numerous articles.”
- Olive M. Domina