150 years ago “Max and Moritz” appeared

On April 4, 1865, the most famous picture story by Wilhelm Busch appeared, who became known as the “great humorist of the German folk” in the history of literature.

Carl Adolf Lorenz (1837-1923) appreciated the misdeeds of “Max and Moritz” in a musical way in 1883. For this purpose he cited melodies of great opera composers and put them in context with the verses. The result are three tricks (Widow Bolte, Master Böck and The cockchafer) for one or two voices and piano (RL 25450-25470). For the last mischief (The end in the mill, RL 25480) Lorenz increased his music for solo voices and chorus, but it can also be sung alone or as a duet.
The distribution of this music was banned in the Third Reich. Quote from the letter of the Reich Music inspection to Robert Lienau Musikverlag from 1939: “Reason: 1. The use of musical quotations by our greatest masters in conjunction with the original verses by Wilhelm Busch is both culturally and politically unsustainable in the present form. 2. As the author also cites Jewish composers, a distribution of the work is not responsible in our time.”

If you like to hear the Wilhelm Busch verses in the German original, the CD of the prestigious actor Helmut Lohner from 1997 is recommended. He slyly spoke the lyrics and the composer Michael Rüggeberg composed cheerful music for it(MH 9018 CD).

150 years ago “Max and Moritz” appeared