Moabit Sonnets

Moabit Sonnets

lyrics by Albrecht Haushofer
composed by Hans-Ulrich Brandt

LIVESTREAM Saturday of EASTER, 03rd of April 2021 from 19 to 21 hrs MEZ (ECT)

BOOKING no longer possible, event is in the past

The Moabit Sonnets have been written by the political prisoner Albrecht Haushofer who was imprisoned in December 1944 and murdered by the SS on 23rd April 1944. His brother found 80 poems in his jacket and conserved them for the publication in 1946.

See original text and english translation of the sonnets!

The composer and MD Hans-Ulrich Brandt visited the Berlin Wall Museum and was inspired to compose a song cycle of many of the sonnets impressively.

His composition touches several styles as Lied, song, Bossa Nova, spoken texts, recitatives, and instrumental passages. After the premiere in Berlin in 2010 there were many successful performances in the Musich Gasteig Center, Sulzbach Salzbrunnenhaus and other places. The press is enthusiastic about this moving combination of language and music.

The solo bass singer Patrick Simper has performed this cycle and with his black bass voice they are even more impressive. The composer is at the piano and Katya Schröder (violin), Gina Ries (baritone saxophone) and Oliver Brandt (percussion) complete the chamber music ensemble.

The sonnets are being performed in the Centre of Chinese Medicine @ HSCM – Heidelberg School of Chinese Medicine under the patronage of Prof. (iba) Henry Johannes Greten ( ).

The proceeds are donated to the foundation of which supports the children hospitals in Cambodia which Richner has built from scratch over 25 years. They are supported by 80 5 with private donations. See

OUR performance as of April 2021:

Former snippets:

performance in Berlin (just one song “mother”)
“The 2 Frogs” with the singer of our LIVESTREAM Patrick Simper

Patrick Simper

Hans-Ulrich Brandt

Oliver Brandt

Katya Schröder

Gina Ries

Marc Ellenberger

Wolfgang Ellenberger