- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Limelight Editions; Auflage: New edition (1. Juli 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0879109904
- ISBN-13: 978-0879109905
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 2,6 x 23,5 cm
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Kurt Weill-On Stage: From Berlin to Broadway (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2004
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Foster Hirsch, using Weill's letters, journals, and notes, and interviewing Weill's friends and colleagues, writes about his life, his experimental, political composing in Germany, his Broadway music in America - both aspects of his work being a source of controversy among music lovers for years. Lotte Lenya said, "There is no American Weill, there is no German Weill. There is no difference between them. There is only Weill." Hirsch details the writing, casting, and production of Weill's eleven hit shows. He writes about Weill's years in Hollywood and the friends he made and lost along the way. He evokes Weill's complicated, intense collaborations with Brecht, Maxwell Anderson, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Elmer Rice, Moss Hart, and Ira Gershwin. In this book Hirsch has given us a vivid portrayal of a remarkable artist and a fabulous era of American musical theatre.
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Foster Hirsch is a professor of film at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He has published fifteen books on film and theatre, including "Acting Hollywood Style, Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre, "and "A Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actors Studio."Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I would recommend this book as a suppliment to Ronald Sanders' biography "The Days Grow Short," the standard of Weill biographies. However, Hirsch has access to different primary sources that Sanders did not have in the 1970s, and therefore can provide a different perspective. There is also a great deal of text devoted to Lotte Lenya, Weill's wife.
It has been criticzed that Hirsch's book deemphasizes musical analysis, which is true, but that is not the purpose. Analyse the music yourself or find the writings of Kim Kowalke for musical analysis.
I found this book enjoyable and a good supplient to many other Weill biographies on the shelves
Hirsch keeps his opinions of the work fairly restricted, which I appreciated. The only Weill score he really seems to denigrate is LOST IN THE STARS. (I have to agree with him, though.) This is not really a biography of Weill. The biographical aspects of the book are very sketchy. They are there to provide a context for the work. I enjoyed this book enormously and listened to all my old Weill recordings (and bought some new ones) during the weeks I was reading it. There will probably be a revival of interest in Weill with the arrival of the new Broadway show LOVE MUSIK, which deals with the relationship of Weill and Lenya. KURT WEILL ON STAGE provides an excellent overview of Weill's life and work that I would recommend to anyone interested in the subject.