01 Der Anachronistische Zug – Part I (7:20)
02 Der Anachronistische Zug – Part II (8:04)
Total time 15:24
Mono 45rpm, Eterna, East Berlin, 1974
Paul Dessau: voice
Werner Stolze: piano
Walter Kodwitz: drums
This 7” single came with the commemorative book ‘Paul Dessau Aus Gesprächen’, published by Deutscher Verlag für Musik, Leipzig, East Germany, 1974, written for Paul Dessau‘s 80th birthday by Dieter Boeck, Fritz Hennenberg, Evelyn Richter et al. ‘Der Anachronistische Zug’ is a ballad for song, piano and percussion composed by Dessau in 1956, based on Bertolt Brecht’s 1947 poem: ‘Der anachronistische Zug oder Freiheit und Democracy’ (The Anachronic Train, or Freedom and Democracy). Text of the Brecht poem (in German) can be found here. The Brecht poem is a protest song against old Nazi Party in prosperous post-war Germany. Paul Dessau was one of East Germany’s most prominent composers. He composed several operas based on Brecht’s writings, including Puntila, in 1956. On ‘Der Anachronistische Zug’, Dessau, aged 80, sings in a charming voice along an unusual accompanyment of piano and drums.