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Palestine Music Has "Labour Spirit"

Source: Palestine Post, June 2, 1947

TEL AVIV, Sunday. — Mr. Kurt Weill, the well-known composer, told pressmen here today that he would discuss with the American Playwrights’ Company–of which he is a member–an invitation to the Habima Theatre to tour the United States.

Asked about his work in the United States, Mr. Weill said that his greatest successes on Broadway were “Lady in the Dark” and his new musical version of Elmer Rice’s “Street Scene.”

Mr. Weill was also asked to compare attempts in the United States and Palestine to create original music. He said that Jewish music had made further progress toward a style of its own than American music and that he thought that, in style, Palestinian music had a labour spirit.

Mr. Weill has undertaken to write a score for the P.B.S. [Palestine Broadcasting Service], it was announced, at the request of Mr. Karl Salomon.

The guest was introduced to journalists by Mr. M. Gnessin, the Habima actor and Dr. Max Brod, dramatic adviser to Habima.

One of the main purposes of his trip to Palestine was to visit his parents whom he had not seen for 12 years.

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