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Witty, ironic, risque! The 'Cabaret Songs' or 'Brettl Lieder' of 1901 show a surprising side of Arnold Schoenberg!

Never published during the composer's lifetime they prove that Schoenberg knew how to compose a popular song and had a wicked sense of humor! If he had not been the most advanced classical composer of the 20th century there is no doubt he could have had a successful career as a writer of waltzes!

Performed by soprano Louise Malloy, accompanied by William Dart. Produced & directed by Janette Heffernan.


This short documentary explains how this performance in a tiny Victorian pumphouse on the edge of a volcanic lake in Auckland in the South Pacific came about in 1980.

In those days Auckland could have been on another planet! A group of talented artists banded together to present the best that the world's composers had to offer.

Only three performance were given to an audience of 600, the theatre only held 200 per performance so it was sold out. These performances made such an impression that Janette Heffernan was encouraged to have them videotaped. This was a brand new concept in 1980 and other than a keepsake there was little she could do with it except remember three amazing performances.

It is only now 27 years later that it is possible to show these performances to a world audience. True the cameras of that age were definitely not up to the digital standards of today but it shows what can be produced and achieved in artistic isolation thanks to the generosity of Larry Schoenberg, the composer's son who has graciously given permission for this DVD of the 'Cabaret Songs'.

Today thanks to DV camcorders and a basic video edit programme anyone who really desires it can make their own TV programmes. Janette Heffernan wishes to encourage others to share their passion with the world so that a richer choice of programmes is available.

An Institutional License is also available for libraries and educational establishments.

INDIVIDUAL USE: RIGHTS AND RESTRICTIONS This purchase is for individual home use only and does not include any public-performance rights of either a paying or non-paying nature.

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