Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) was a German composer. His family moved to Vienna in 1902, and Eisler grew up and studied there,
most notably with Arnold Schoenberg in the early 1920s. He moved to Berlin in 1925. Due to his strongly Marxist political
convictions Eisler left Nazi Germany in 1933, and travelled extensively for four years. He began teaching at the New School
for Social Research in New York in 1938. Four years later he moved to Los Angeles, where he taught composition at UCLA, worked
closely with Bertolt Brecht, wrote scores for motion pictures, and co-authored with Theodor Adorno, "Composing for the Films."
He was expelled from the United States because of his Communist sympathies in March 1948, and settled in East Berlin for the
rest of his life, where he was professor at the Berlin Hochschule fuer Musik and continued to write for films, compose songs
and concert works.
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