100 Years of Kurt Weill (A Special Issue of "Theatre")

100 Years of Kurt Weill (A Special Issue of "Theatre")

By: Tom Sellar (editor)Paperback

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The year 2000 marks the hundredth birthday of theater and opera composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950). In celebration of this occasion, "100 Years of Kurt Weill" features recently rediscovered and previously untranslated dramatic works by Weill and critical essays and articles reflecting on his legacy and influence. Reviews and reports on centenary productions from around the world are included along with panel discussions by directors and musicians on Weill's cultural identity. "100 Years of Kurt Weill" makes a notable addition to the commemoration of the anniversary with the English-language publication of two major Weill librettos, both translated and introduced by international opera director Jonathan Eaton. Written in 1925, Royal Palace is a one-act opera with a libretto by surrealist/expressionist poet-playwright Yvan Goll. It was one of the first operas to incorporate film. The other work, "Die Burgschaft" (The Pledge), was inspired by a dark social parable by Johann Gottfried von Herder and written in collaboration with Caspar Neher. The piece was banned in 1933 by the Nazi regime because of its controversial content and was not restaged in its original form until Eaton's 1998 and 1999 productions in Bielefeld, Germany, and at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. This special issue specifically addresses the theatrical context of Weill's music, exploring new perspectives on the artist and his work and on recent developments in Weill scholarship. These articles, combined with the previously unpublished works, make "100 Years of Kurt Weill" a considerable and unique contribution to the centenary commemoration of his birth.

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Table of ContentsUp Front, Erika Munk and Tom SellarThe Threepenny Songs: Cabaret and the Lyrical Gestus, Peter W. FerranRoyal Palace: A Translator's Note, Jonathan EatonRoyal Palace, Music by Kurt Weill, libretto by Iwan Gull, translated by Jonathan EatonOn Die Burgschaft: Director's Notes, Jonathan EatonDie Burgschaft [The Pledge]: An Opera in Three Acts, Music by Kurt Weill, libretto by Caspar Neher and Kurt Weill, translated by Jonathan EatonDie Burgschaft, or "Brecht ohne Brecht," Michael EvendenKurt Weill's American Dreams, Kim H. KowalkeThe Eternal Road and Kurt Weill's German, Jewish, and American Identity, Kim H. Kowalke, Jurgen Schebera, Christian Kuhnt, and Alexander RingerEither a German or a Jew: The German Reception of Kurt Weill's Der Weg der Verbeifsung, Tamara LevitzFrom Myth to Monograph: Weill Scholarship, Fifty Years After, Bruce D. McClungThe Eternal Road at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Gordon Rogoff

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  • publication date: 01/09/2000
  • ISBN13: 9780822364887
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 136
  • ID: 9780822364887
  • weight: 349
  • ISBN10: 0822364883

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