Series I, Volume 5: Die Dreigroschenoper (2000)Back to all works
285 pp (main volume)
63 pp (critical report)
Ein Stück mit Musik in einem Vorspiel und acht Bildern
nach dem Englischen des John Gay
Übersetzt von Elisabeth Hauptmann
Deutsche Bearbeitung von Bertolt Brecht
Musik von Kurt Weill
Edited by Stephen Hinton and Edward Harsh
Ever since its first production took Berlin by storm in 1928, Die Dreigroschenoper has been widely seen as one of the most important music-theatrical works of the twentieth-century as well as an icon of Weimar culture. Still, through seventy-two years and literally thousands of productions, the work had never been available in an authoritative edition. The new edition reconciles the many confusions of detail in the three key sources that emerged from that famed original 1928 production: Weill’s manuscript, the published libretto, and the published piano-vocal score. But the editors went far beyond those three items to consult several dozen other documents, from the original, hand-written instrumental parts to Weill’s correspondence with his publisher Universal Edition, to contemporaneous press reviews and recordings.
The result is a corrected, self-consistent version true to the historical state of the work that first so electrified its audiences. The edition presents not just the musical text but the complete dialogue and stage instructions in their proper sequence as well. Included are many features never before published. For instance, the original production included six pieces of instrumental stage music based upon a few of the work’s most popular songs. The editors were able to reconstruct five of these from the instrumental parts and have included them in a special appendix. Another appendix offers additional strophes that could be used by performers as alternatives or supplements to four of the songs in the main text.
The new edition is co-edited by Stephen Hinton, one of the pre-eminent Weill scholars active in the world today, and Edward Harsh, the first Managing Editor of the Kurt Weill Edition.
Die Dreigroschenoper - Introductory EssayThe Kurt Weill Edition | Series I, Volume 5
Written by the volume editor, the Introductory Essay offers a detailed history of the work from inception through composition, rehearsal, and first performance, along with further production history, while addressing larger editorial and performance issues.
Die Dreigroschenoper - Critical ReportThe Kurt Weill Edition | Series I, Volume 5
The Critical Notes spell out the editorial decisions made in the course of preparing the score and provide thorough descriptions of source material.
Die Dreigroschenoper - CorrigendaThe Kurt Weill Edition | Series I, Volume 5
A Corrigenda document lists passages in the scores where errors have been discovered after publication—sometimes revealed by new source evidence—and supplies corrections.
Sample Music & Facsimiles
Ensemble Modern, HK Gruber, cond.
- Miniature score UE 34 304