Hanns Eisler's Rockefeller film music project 1940-1942

In the middle of the 1940ies, Hanns Eisler and Theodor W. Adorno wrote a study titled "Composing for the Films". However, many passages in this standard work can only be understood when set against the experimental sound film material which Eisler worked out between 1940 and 1942 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Much of this film material is difficult to obtain and a great deal has been lost. This project will reconstruct the material based on new research and make it available as a kind of "Art of the Fugue of Film Music" on DVD.

Bundesarchiv Filmabteilung Berlin, Kinemathek Hamburg, Nederlands Filmmuseum Amsterdam, Joris Ivens Foundation Nijmegen, Getty Images München/New York, film archive at the Library of Congress, Washington, Kammerensemble Neue Musik, Berlin

Director of research:
Johannes C. Gall

Production site:

Funding period:
August 2004 - April 2005


Internationale Hanns Eisler Gesellschaft e.V.
Prof. Wolfgang Hufschmidt

Eisenbahnstraße 21

10997 Berlin