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The Resource Kurt Weill : composer in a divided world, Ronald Taylor

Kurt Weill : composer in a divided world, Ronald Taylor

Label
Kurt Weill : composer in a divided world
Title
Kurt Weill
Title remainder
composer in a divided world
Statement of responsibility
Ronald Taylor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In this first full-length biography of Kurt Weill to incorporate his unpublished family letters and early compositions, as well as testimony from those who knew him, Ronald Taylor traces the turbulent path that led this intriguing composer from Berlin to Broadway." "Taylor considers the successive phases of Weill's life and work against the background of his Jewish roots and Germany's agitated, tragic interwar years. The son of a cantor and schoolteacher, Weill began his career as an avant-garde enfant terrible in Berlin in the 1920s. In 1928 his Threepenny Opera exploded upon the world, thrusting him into the limelight. Hitler's rise to power five years later forced Weill into exile, first in Paris, then in New York, where he began a new career and wrote such successful Broadway musicals as Lady in the Dark, Street Scene, and Lost in the Stars." "Taylor examines the emotional and intellectual forces that fueled Weill's unique contribution to twentieth-century music. With great skill and historical understanding, Taylor weaves the colorful thread of Weill's early career into the fascinating cultural and social tapestry that was Berlin in the 1920s, documenting the dramatic changes in his life. Included are accounts of his studies under Ferruccio Busoni; his relationships with men such as Otto Klemperer, Claudio Arrau, and his collaborator and polar opposite Bertolt Brecht, who provided the politico-dramatic framework for many of Weill's best-known compositions; and his life with actress and singer Lotte Lenya, whom he married, then divorced, then married again. This book gives new insights into the composer who created such a wall around himself that Lenya, at his death, commented, "I looked at him and asked myself, did I ever really know him?""--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1924-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Taylor, Ronald
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • music
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Weill, Kurt
  • Composers
Label
Kurt Weill : composer in a divided world, Ronald Taylor
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in England in 1991"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-353) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25914487
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 358 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781555531478
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92019340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
System control number
(WaOLN)1493789
Label
Kurt Weill : composer in a divided world, Ronald Taylor
Publication
Note
"First published in England in 1991"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-353) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25914487
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 358 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781555531478
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
92019340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, music
System control number
(WaOLN)1493789

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