Sunday, 05 April 2015
About Kurt Weill

The life and work of Kurt Weill (1900-1950) tells a story that goes way beyond music.

From Dessau to New York via Berlin and Paris, Kurt Weill wrote the soundtrack to the Germany of the Weimar Republic during his tandem with Bertolt Brecht, before becoming one of Broadway's most important composers. He remains one of the century's most important tunesmiths whose songs have been played time and again by jazz musicians and pop stars (The Doors, David Bowie, etc.).

The milestones in his career include: Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht (Berlin, 1928), Happy End (Berlin, 1929), Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Leipzig, 1930), The Seven Deadly Sins (Paris, 1933), Lady in the Dark (New York, 1941), Street Scenes (New York, 1946)...

The thread that runs through his work is the artful way in which he managed to blend street influences with more high-brow music in an approach that could be compared to that of the greatest fashion designers.

Ethel Brizard is a musician and a singer.


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