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The Works of Kurt Weill

Here you can explore the full range of original works by Kurt Weill, as well as many derived or compiled since his lifetime. Works are presented in three categories: Stage works, Concert works, and Songs. Some can be found in more than a single category. The works are searchable, sortable in alphabetical and chronological order, and filterable by original status, parent work title, and scale of instrumental forces.

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Kurt Weill centrally devoted his career to the creation of music theater in a spectrum of genres. The Stage Works category contains all works that were intended for production on the stage in some form, whether they be operas, operettas, musical comedies or some unique mixed genre. Under the individual page for each work can be found basic information such as synopsis, performing forces, published editions, translations and adaptations. Pages may also include featured audio and video, historical production photos, and other background information useful to professionals and fans alike. Listings may be sorted by title or date and filtered by original status and scale of performing forces, as appropriate to their respective categories.

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Stage Works

  • The Next Whisky Bar 2015

    Musical revue of Weill's songs conceived by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli. Orchestrations by Paul Sportelli (based on Weill's original orchestrations).

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  • One Touch of Venus 1943

    Musical comedy in two acts. Book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash after F. Anstey's The Tinted Venus. Lyrics by Ogden Nash.

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  • Der Protagonist, op. 15 (The Protagonist) 1926

    Opera in one act. Libretto by Georg Kaiser

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  • Railroads on Parade 1939

    Pageant on rail transport written for the 1939 World's Fair. Book by Edward Hungerford; lyrics by various authors.

    Cheering accompanies the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad, in Utah; from the original production.
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  • Royal Palace, op. 17 1927

    Opera in one act (in German). Libretto by Iwan Goll. Available for performance only with the score reconstructed by Gunther Schuller and Noam Sheriff. The original orchestration is lost.

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  • Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) 1933

    Ballet chanté in nine scenes. Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht.

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  • Der Silbersee Ein Wintermärchen (The Silver Lake, A Winter’s Tale) 1933

    Play with music, in three acts. Book and lyrics by Georg Kaiser.

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  • Songplay 1996

    Plotted revue by Jonathan Eaton incorporating songs by Weill with lyrics by various authors.

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  • Street Scene 1947

    American Opera in two acts. Book by Elmer Rice, based on his play of the same name. Lyrics by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice.

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  • Tom Sawyer und Huckleberry Finn 2014

    A family musical (in German) incorporating Weill's songs, including those from Huckleberry Finn. Devised by John von Düffel.

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