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Kurt Weill Edition

Signature editions


Making available to performers and scholars the oeuvre of one of the most frequently performed, fascinating and provocative of twentieth-century composers.


The Kurt Weill Edition is a long-term publishing project, the goal of which is to present all of Kurt Weill's completed musical works in new critical editions.

There has long been a pressing need for good editions of Weill's music. In the decades since the composer's death in 1950, his musical legacy has been represented in print either by flawed editions or not at all. Only two of his compositions for the stage have ever been published in full score. Several major theatrical works were never circulated in any form, and only a few orchestral and chamber compositions have been generally available.

The KWE was established in 1992 to address this basic need. For the first time, each of the composer's completed and performable works will be presented in a form realizing the highest editorial standards and dedicated to use both by performers seeking accurate editions and scholars seeking authoritative texts. The diverse and multifaceted character of Weill's oeuvre requires a careful re-examination of the conventions and assumptions of the collected critical edition (Gesamtausgabe) genre. For a full consideration, see the Foreword to the Kurt Weill Edition.