Hanni. Monologue with music (2018/19) (world premiere)
music for »Hanni. Monologue with music« for clarinet, trumpet, harp, double bass and organ (2018/19) (UA)
commissioned by Brucknerhaus Linz
The life of Hanni Rittenschober was marked by bitter hardship, poverty and deprivation. She was forced with her father to help build the barracks for the Gusen concentration camp. Later she saw what was going on inside and witnessed the “Mühlviertler Hasenjagd”. However, her courageous attempts to help the prisoners were not very promising. Her husband returned from captivity in 1947 completely changed. Since he drank and gambled away everything, Hanni had to fight alone to get her six children through life. The successful Austrian author Franzobel has turned this real biography into a monodrama for the prominent actress Maxi Blaha, Gerald Resch from Linz has written the music. The premiere of Hanni, actually planned to the day on the 99th birthday of the ‘title heroine’, unfortunately became an obituary due to postponements. The play shows the big history from the perspective of ordinary people, whose unshakable strength and courage to face life are exemplary.