Weill um die Welt
Zero G Sound : When Weill was in his teens the director of the Dessau Hoftheater, Albert Bing, encouraged him in the study of music. Weill briefly studied composition with Engelbert Humperdinck and was already working professionally as a conductor when he attended composer Ferruccio Busoni’s master classes in Berlin.
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. : Actress and singer. Married to Weill in 1926, Lotte Lenya appeared in several of his works. After his death, she dedicated herself to promoting, performing, and recording his compositions. Also remembered for her portrayal of Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love and of FrÃ¤ulein Schneider in Cabaret on Broadway.
Threepenny Opera : The Threepenny Opera had already been produced 130 times worldwide by 1933, before the rise of the Nazis forced Weill to flee to Paris in March of that year.
David Lewis : He lived by playing the organ in a synagogue, the piano in a tavern, by tutoring in music theory (including Claudio Arrau) and by becoming a music critic in the young medium of wireless.
The New York Times : Weil said “I decided to develop a type of musical play which leans more and more toward opera,” Kurt Weill declared in 1946, after he fled Nazi Germany and came to New York. ”In the 11 years I’ve been here, the musical theater on Broadway has developed tremendously,” he added, referring primarily to his own contributions.
Kurt Weill Festival Dessau : Back in 1926 Kurt Weill proclaimed jazz to be the â€œrhythm of our timesâ€. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that this genre was a big influence on the music of this Dessau composer.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum : We Will Never Die was a dramatic pageant staged before an audience of 40,000 at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 1943, to raise public awareness of the mass murder of the European Jews.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame : Weill died prematurely in New York just after his 50th birthday, on April 3, 1950. Four years after Weill’s death, Marc Blitzstein’s English-language version of Der Dreigroschenoper became a hit off-Broadway in New York as The Threepenny Opera, starring Lotte Lenyz, sparking a revival of interest in Weill’s work.