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Suggested Weill Repertoire

The selections listed here represent the wide stylistic range of Weill's output. We encourage contestants to explore works with which they are not already familiar.

Many of Weill's most famous songs are not included in the list below, as they are either not age-appropriate for Lenya applicants or do not allow a compelling dramatic presentation outside the context of the show. For different reasons, "Mack the Knife," "September Song," "My Ship," "Lost in the Stars," "Tschaikowsky," "The Saga of Jenny," and "Speak Low" have seldom scored well in the Competition.

As the Lenya Competition approaches the age of 20, a number of selections have been performed with such frequency each year that it's difficult for the judges to hear them afresh, particularly when there is so much wonderful material to choose from that isn't over-exposed. In the Weill category, four such perennials are "What Good Would the Moon Be?," "It Never Was You," "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," and "Lonely House." Before you settle on any of these, consider less frequently performed alternatives.

Both of the above admonitions also apply to non-Weill repertory. For example, "The Beauty Is" and "The Light in the Piazza" are marvelous numbers within the show, but give a singer very little to act convincingly out of context. Similarly, "Stars and the Moon" may be both too "old" for most contestants and now over-exposed within the Competition. Of course, there is always the possibility that an exceptional performance can prove the exception to the rule.

(Note: Page numbers indicated below refer to the published vocal score for the complete work.)

 

Click on the song titles for short audio clips (where available); click on work titles (where applicable) for help with the dramatic context of each song.

Women's Voices

 
Song Title Work Title
Sie soll sein wie ein Netz (No. 1, pp. 8-14) Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Ach, bedenken Sie (No. 5, pp. 48-53; or alternative version found in the appendix, pp. 327-330) Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Alabama Song (No. 2, sing uppermost line of 6 Mädchen part where Jenny has no part) Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man (No. 16, pp. 226-230) Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Es zog zu Salomon (No. 21, Juanita's Lied) Der Kuhhandel
Rom hieß eine Stadt/Ballade von Cäsars Tod (No. 9) Der Silbersee
Ich bin eine arme Verwandte/Fennimore's Lied (No. 8) Der Silbersee
Es wächst uns in den Mund der Wein/Schlaraffenland-Song (No. 15a, 1st stanza only) Der Silbersee
Mir liegt die Angst so schwer in meinen Gliedern (No. 2, pp. 13-14) Die Bürgschaft
Oh meine Tochter Die Bürgschaft
Arie der Lucy Die Dreigroschenoper
Barbarasong Die Dreigroschenoper
Die Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit Die Dreigroschenoper
Seeräuberjenny Die Dreigroschenoper
Zuhälterballade (2nd stanza only) Die Dreigroschenoper
Zweites Dreigroschenfinale (2nd stanza only) Die Dreigroschenoper
Neid Die sieben Todsünden
Brack Weaver, My True Love Down in the Valley
Lonesome Dove Down in the Valley
Der kleine Leutnant des lieben Gottes Happy End
Die Ballade von der Höllen-Lili Happy End
Matrosen Tango
(Was die Herren Matrosen sagen)
Happy End
Surabaya Johnny Happy End
This Time Next Year Huckleberry Finn
Farewell, Goodbye Johnny Johnson (cut)
Mon Ami, My Friend Johnny Johnson
Oh, Heart of Love Johnny Johnson
How Far Will You Go with Me? Knickerbocker Holiday (cut)
It Never Was You Knickerbocker Holiday
Will You Remember Me? (end at chorus' entrance) Knickerbocker Holiday
Bats About You (2nd stanza only) Lady in the Dark
One Life to Live Lady in the Dark
Stay Well Lost in the Stars
Trouble Man Lost in the Stars
Who'll Buy? Lost in the Stars
Green-Up Time Love Life
Here I'll Stay Love Life
Is it Him or Is It Me? Love Life
Mr. Right Love Life
There's Nothing Left for Daddy (but the Rhumba) Love Life (cut)
You Understand Me So Love Life (cut)
J'attends un navire Marie Galante
Le roi d'Aquitaine Marie Galante
Le train du ciel Marie Galante
Le grand Lustucru Marie Galante
Foolish Heart One Touch of Venus
I'm a Stranger Here Myself One Touch of Venus
Love in a Mist One Touch of Venus (cut)
That's Him One Touch of Venus
Very, Very, Very One Touch of Venus
Arme Werber! Royal Palace
A Boy Like You Street Scene
Somehow I Never Could Believe Street Scene
Streetlight is My Moonlight (2nd stanza only) Street Scene
What Good Would the Moon Be? Street Scene
You're Far Too Near Me The Firebrand of Florence
Sing Me Not a Ballad The Firebrand of Florence
Love Is My Enemy The Firebrand of Florence
The Little Naked Boy The Firebrand of Florence
The Picture on the Wall n/a
Your Technique n/a
Complainte de la Seine n/a
Das Lied von den braunen Inseln n/a
Der Abschiedsbrief n/a
Es regnet n/a
Je ne t'aime pas n/a
Nannas Lied n/a
Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? n/a
Wie lange noch? n/a
Youkali n/a

 

Men's Voices

 
Song Title Work Title
Nur die nacht (No. 17) Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Tief in Alaskas schneeweissen Wäldern (No. 9, pp. 89-97, omit chorus) Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Ich habe eine Kuh gehabt (No. 30, Juan's Lied) Der Kuhhandel
Schockschwerenot! (No. 7, Auftrittslied) Der Kuhhandel
Schön war die erste Flasche (No. 28, Fandango) Der Kuhhandel
Seit ich in diese Stadt (No. 13) Der Kuhhandel
Ich wäre nicht der Künstler (pp. 29-34) Der Protagonist
Jetzt schiesst schon neues Feuer in mich (pp. 35-38) Der Protagonist
Der Bäcker backt ums Morgenrot (No. 3, sing all parts) Der Silbersee
Erst trifft dich die Kugel/Rache-Arie (No. 11) Der Silbersee
Was zahlen Sie für einen Rat?/Lotterieagents Tango (No. 6) Der Silbersee
Wie Odysseus an den Mast des Schiffes (No. 14) Der Silbersee
Es wächst uns in den Mund der Wein/Schlaraffenland-Song (No. 15a, 2nd stanza only) Der Silbersee
Frage sie aus (No. 13, pp. 206-212, Kommisar's aria) Die Bürgschaft
Nichts geben und Alles behalten (No. 6, pp. 68-72) Die Bürgschaft
Sie soll nichts wissen (No. 8, end at Anna's entrance, or with cut) Die Bürgschaft
Ballade vom angenehmen Leben Die Dreigroschenoper
Grabschrift Die Dreigroschenoper
Zuhälterballade (1st stanza only) Die Dreigroschenoper
Zweites Dreigroschenfinale (1st stanza only) Die Dreigroschenoper
Where Is the One Who Will Mourn Me When I'm Gone? Down in the Valley
Bilbao-Song Happy End
Lied von der harten Nuss Happy End
Mandalay-Song Happy End
Apple Jack Huckleberry Finn
Come in, Mornin' Huckleberry Finn
River Chanty Huckleberry Finn
Johnny's Song (original lyric only, not popular song lyrics) Johnny Johnson
Oh, the Rio Grande Johnny Johnson
The Psychiatry Song Johnny Johnson
It Never Was You Knickerbocker Holiday
There's Nowhere to Go but Up Knickerbocker Holiday
Bats About You (1st stanza only) Lady in the Dark (cut)
It's Never Too Late to Mendelssohn Lady in the Dark (cut)
This Is New Lady in the Dark
Unforgettable Lady in the Dark (cut)
Mein Name ist Charles Lindbergh (No. 2) Der Lindberghflug/Der Ozeanflug
Hills of Ixopo Lost in the Stars
The Little Gray House Lost in the Stars
Lost in the Stars Lost in the Stars
O Tixo, Tixo, Help Me Lost in the Stars
Thousands of Miles Lost in the Stars
Here I'll Stay Love Life
How I Love My Work Love Life (cut)
Love Song Love Life
This Is the Life Love Life
Les filles de Bordeaux Marie Galante
Le train du ciel Marie Galante
How Much I Love You One Touch of Venus
Westwind One Touch of Venus
Wooden Wedding One Touch of Venus
Who Am I? One Touch of Venus (cut)
Great Big Sky Street Scene (cut)
I Got a Marble and a Star Street Scene
Let Things Be Like They Always Was Street Scene
Lonely House Street Scene
Streetlight Is My Moonlight (1st stanza only) Street Scene (cut)
When a Woman Has a Baby Street Scene
Wouldn't You Like to Be on Broadway? Street Scene
A Rhyme for Angela The Firebrand of Florence
Life, Love, and Laughter The Firebrand of Florence
Love Is My Enemy The Firebrand of Florence
The Picture on the Wall n/a
Your Technique n/a
Das Lied von den braunen Inseln n/a
Es regnet n/a
Je ne t'aime pas n/a
Wie lange noch? n/a
Youkali n/a