Ervín (Erwin) Schulhoff

Prague, 8 June 1894 - Wülzburg, 18 August 1942

"Art is intrinsically the expression of heightened human longing, and the work of art per se is the explosion of heightened feelings. Absolute art is revolution."
Ervín (Erwin) Schulhoff

Ervin Schulhoff worked as a dazzling composer between Dadaism and twelve-tone technique, between jazz and Czech tradition. Balancing subtly between humor and tragedy, he used many styles in his œuvre. He also wrote political music, including the "Communist Manifesto" for choir and orchestra (1933). As a Jewish and communist artist, Schulhoff was persecuted by the National Socialists. He died in a concentration camp near Dachau and fell into oblivion for a long time. Today, his imaginative and rich piano and chamber music compositions are often heard again in concerts.


Check out the PIANOVERSAL listening tips! Or browse for more details about Schulhoff's piano compositions in the PIANOVERSALRegister section.






 PIANOVERSAL Hörtipps: Ervín (Erwin) Schulhoff

Erwin Schulhoff - Partita (1920)
Schulhoff plays Schulhoff (!)
The recording quality is weak but this is probably the only surviving recording by Schulhoff himself.


Piano Concerto for piano and small orchestra op. 43

Cristina ORTIZ, piano; Larry FOSTER, conductor; The Czech Philharmonic
Prague Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic January, 2004
I. Molto sostenuto - Alla marcia maestoso
II. Sostenuto - Allegro alla Jazz - Subito sostenuto, ma alla breve
III. Alla zingaresca - Tempo 1 (Allegro molto)


Hot-Sonate (1930) with score
Saxophone - Leo van Oostrom
Piano - Gerard Bouwhuis


Stimmungsbilder Op. 12
I. Sangen Geigen übern See
II. Schließe deine Augen zu
III. Weißt du

Magdalena Kozená - mezzosoprano
Christoph Henschel - violin
Malcolm Martineau - piano


Sonate for violin and piano Nr. 2

Boris Brovtsyn - violin
Eldar Nebolsin - piano


Schulhoff's music with piano is listed in the PIANOVERSALRegister.


Ervín (Erwin) Schulhoff: composer of the week Nr. 8 / Februar 2018

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