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These songs were written sometime in the 1920s, although the manuscripts, held in the Alexander Turnbull Library, are undated. They reflect the German avant-garde of the time, being similar in style to the mid-Twenties music of composers like Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith.
Max Hermann-Neisse was a socialist poet who left Germany in 1933 and died of a heart attack in London in 1941. The poems set here by Schramm come from various collections of poetry published between 1914 and 1927. The text used by Schramm in all the songs differs from the published versions of the poems which might imply that Schramm had direct access to the poet and early versions of the poems.
- Litanei am Wind (Litany in the Wind)
- Die Anprobe des neuen Anzugs (Trying on the new suit)
- Ashermittwoch (Ash Wednesday)
Words by Max Hermann-Neisse