CD reviewed by Paula Chase
in memoriam - max brand pays tribute to the Austrian composer Max Brand with a 2-disc set of original recordings of his work, as well as reworkings of original Brand material by various members of the new electronic scene of Vienna.
Born in 1896 in Austria, Brand studied composition with Franz Shreker. He was a contemporary of Shoenberg, Berg and Weill and his early works were influenced by Schoenberg and his circle.
Only one of Brand's works had any popular success, and that was "Hopkins The Machinist," an opera utilizing such diverse elements as machine sounds and jazz.
As a Communist sympathizer and a Jew, he was forced to leave Austria in 193, and relocated to Prague, Switzerland, Paris and Brazil. while in South America, Brand made a fruitful collaboration with Heitor Villa-Lobos, but then moved on to New York. In his successive moves from city to city, much of his early work was lost.
In 1959, Bob Moog built for Brand special modules which would become the prototype for the Moog line.
Of the compositions he created from the 1950's in New York until his death in 1980, back in Austria, none had any popular success, and few are available today.
The reworked Brand compositions on in memoriam - max brand were created by Pulsinger/Tunakan, Radian, Fritz Ostermayer, Epy, Pita, Dorninger/Androsch, Alois Huber, Curd Duca, Fon, Quehenberger-Kollreider, Elmp, Musikkreis MS 20 and Pure.