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The Two Worlds of Kurt Weill

Two concert suites for orchestra by Morton Gould. Orchestra: Instrumentation varies for individual songs within suites, from chamber ensemble to full symphonic orchestra.

Work Details


New York Suite: 22 minutes; Berlin Suite: 17 minutes

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  • Mack the Knife
  • Speak Low
  • Lost in the Stars
  • Train to Johannesburg
  • My Ship
  • I Got a Marble and a Star
  • September Song
  • Mack the Knife
  • J'attends un navire
  • Surabaya Johnny
  • Theme from "Mahagonny"
  • Polly's Song
  • Bilbao Song

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