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Speak low (when you speak love) : the letters of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya

Author: Kurt Weill; Lys Symonette; Kim H Kowalke
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Not since perhaps Eleanor and Franklin has there been so provocative a public pair: fiercely independent and yet codependent, they spent twenty-five years discovering a way they could live together after they figured out that they couldn't live apart. In 1932 they separated; in 1933 they divorced. They reunited in Paris in 1935 and then went to New York; in 1937 they remarried and together applied for American
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondance
Named Person: Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya; Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya; Lotte Lenya; Kurt Weill; Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya; Lenya, Lotte <1898-1981> - Correspondance.; Weill, Kurt <1900-1950> - Correspondance.; Lotte Lenya; Kurt Weill
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kurt Weill; Lys Symonette; Kim H Kowalke
ISBN: 0520078535 9780520078536 0520212401 9780520212404
OCLC Number: 33101314
Language Note: Includes English correspondence and translations of correspondence from German.
Description: 554 pages, [63] pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: Weill and Lenya --
Introduction: The Letters --
Introduction: The Edition --
Prologue: Before They Met --
pt. 1. Letters Translated from the German. 1. Berlin: 1924-1933 / Letters 1-38. 2. Paris, London: 1933-1935 / Letters 39-148. 3. New York, Hollywood: 1935-1938 / Letters 149-212 --
pt. II. Letters in the Original English. 4. Lenya on the Road: 1941-1942 / Letters 213-300. 5. New City, Hollywood: 1942-1944 / Letters 301-366. 6. Hollywood, Palestine, Hollywood: 1940-1950 / Letters 367-393 --
Epilogue: After He Died --
Lenya, 1950-1981 --
Appendix A: List of Pet Names and Private Expressions --
Appendix B: A Note on Money Matters.
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Responsibility: edited and translated by Lys Symonette and Kim H. Kowalke.
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Not since perhaps Eleanor and Franklin has there been so provocative a public pair: fiercely independent and yet codependent, they spent twenty-five years discovering a way they could live together after they figured out that they couldn't live apart. In 1932 they separated; in 1933 they divorced. They reunited in Paris in 1935 and then went to New York; in 1937 they remarried and together applied for American citizenship. Except for brief periods of separation, their relationship remained what it had always been, simultaneously tenacious and tumultuous. Yet Weill and Lenya required one another on a creative level that transcended ordinary emotional, erotic, and professional bonds. Although she was musically untrained, Lenya's canny theatrical sensitivity and innate intelligence enabled her to become Weill's most trusted critic as well as his most famous interpreter, especially as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera. As Weill rhapsodized, "When I feel this longing for you, I think most of all of the sound of your voice, which I love like a very force of nature.".

The letters are filled with artistic news, reactions to world events, reports on work-in-progress, and reflections on the creative process and the experience of exile. We get a backstage view of German music and theater, the American musical theater in the late thirties and forties, and the Hollywood studios. Together Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya have come to symbolize what was most vibrant about the experiment of Weimar culture in the Golden Twenties and what was most vital among the contributions to American culture by Central European emigres.

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