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Paul Dessau began as Kapellmeister under Otto Klemperer (Cologne) and Bruno Walter (Berlin) In the twenties, began to work as conductor and composer for films From 1933 onwards, the year of his emigration to Paris, his music expresses his antifascist attitude in his choice of texts and subject matters In Paris meets Leibowitz, receiving impulses from dodecaphony which further emphasizes the matter-of-factness of his music, in contrast to its expressionist density 1942 brings first collaborations with Brecht whom he follows to Hollywood In 1948 he returns to Germany, opting for East Germany and, as a consequence of his progressive political commitment, receives the national award of East Germany three times Influenced by Hebrew-Jewish folk tradition Synthesis of complex musical forms and immediate emotional appeal His intention to touch the listener emotionally developed parallel to his pedagogical work with children

Works by Paul Dessau include:
Children's cantata (1932) for children's chorus and individual voices with piano or chamber orchestra
Symphony in one movement (1926/29)
Puntila (1957/59) opera
Orpheus and the Mayor (1930) opera

"No more and no less is required than a kind of music which enables people to gain insight into our times, with great pleasure and high morality." — Paul Dessau

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