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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Kurt Weill on stage.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
|Named Person:||Kurt Weill; Kurt Weill; Kurt Weill; Kurt Weill; Weill, Kurt <1900-1950>; Kurt Weill|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||403 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||1. Overture --
2. Enter BB --
3. Night sounds --
4. The second time around --
5. Slouching toward Armageddon --
6. Last rites --
7. In transit --
8. The road to America --
9. How can you tell an American --
10. Limelight --
11. I'm a stranger here myself --
12. Much ado --
13. Street opera --
14. Before Sondheim --
15. Cry, the beloved country --
16. The widow Weill --
"And when in 1933 Weill, already Germany's most renowned composer, fled the Nazis to come to America ("For every age there is a place about which fantasies are written. In Mozart's time it was Turkey. For Shakespeare, it was Italy. For us in Germany, it was always America"), he joined his appetite for the United States to his European roots and classical training and soon became one of the most admired composers of the American musical stage."
"He wrote one successful Broadway show after another - Lady in the Dark, Knickerbocker Holiday, One Touch of Venus, Street Scene, Lost in the Stars, among others. He worked with such theatrical greats as Gertrude Lawrence, Ira Gershwin, Maxwell Anderson, Mary Martin, Agnes de Mille, Joshua Logan, Ogden Nash, Harold Clurman, Walter Huston, E.Y. Harburg, and Elia Kazan. Always at the center of his life was his great love of thirty years, his leading lady, interpreter of his music, his wife (they were divorced in Berlin in 1933 but remarried four years later in America), the actress-singer Lotte Lenya."
"Foster Hirsch, using Weill's letters, journals, and notes, and interviewing Weill's friends and colleagues, writes about his life, his experimental, political composing in Germany, his Broadway music in America - both aspects of his work being a source of controversy among music lovers for years."--Jacket.