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Elser Coat of Arms / Elser Family Crest

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This German surname of ELSER was a locational name meaning 'the dweller at the sign of the Magpie'; the dweller on the ELSTER river in Germany. This name is also spelt EISLER. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. A notable member of this name was Hanns EISLER (l898-l962) German composer, born in Leipzig. He studied under Schoenberg at the Vienna Conservatory, l9l9-l923. A committed Marxist, he wrote political songs, choruses and theatre music, often in collaboration with Brecht. From l933 he worked in Paris, London and Copenhagen, and moved to Hollywood in l938, teaching and writing film music. Denounced in the McCarthy anti-Communist trials, he returned to Europe in l948. He settled in East Germany in l952 composing popular songs and organising workers' choirs. He wrote about 600 songs and choruses, music for over 40 films and for nearly 40 plays. In his orchestral and chamber music he often adopted sophisticated techniques including the l2-note method. The word Heraldry is derived from the German HEER, (a host, an army) and HELD, (champion): the term BLASON, by which the science is denoted in French, English, Italian and German, has most probably its origin in the German word 'BLAZEN' (to blow the horn). Whenever a new knight appeared at a Tournament, the herald sounded the trumpet, and as competitors attended with closed vizors, it was his duty to explain the bearing of the shield or coat-armour belonging to each. Thus, the knowledge of the various devices and symbols was called 'Heraldry'. The Germans transmitted the word to the French, and it reached England after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

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