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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill

Born: March 2, 1900, Dessau, Germany

Died: April 3, 1950, New York, New York

(p.168) Kurt Weill
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Kurt Weill. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Weill, the son of a cantor, evinced an early interest in music. He went to Berlin in 1918, where he studied with Engelbert Humperdinck (Hansel und Gretl) before moving on to avant-garde composer Ferruccio Busoni. Weill soon moved from concert to contemporary work and started writing for the theater. Caught up in Germany’s inflammatory political situation, he began a collaboration in 1927 with outspoken playwright/lyricist Bertolt Brecht.

Keywords:   Kurt Weill, Berlin, Broadway musicals, contemporary work, show tunes, Bertolt Brecht, Engelbert Humperdinck

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