OP3415. AURORA (E.T.A. Hoffmann), recorded 8 Sept., 1990, w.Herrmann Dechant Cond. Jugendorch. Bamberg; Holger Ohlmann, Evelyn Meier, Wolfgang Koch, Christian Rieger, Jochen Elbert, etc. (Germany) 3-Bayer 100 276/78, w.Elaborate 58pp. Libretto-Brochure. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 4011563102762
“Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (commonly abbreviated as E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror, a jurist, composer, music critic and artist. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach's opera THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, in which Hoffmann appears (heavily fictionalized) as the hero. He is also the author of the novella THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING, on which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet THE NUTCRACKER is based. The ballet COPPÉLIA is based on two other stories that Hoffmann wrote, while Schumann's KREISLERIANA is based on Hoffmann's character Johannes Kreisler.”
“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