Kurt Weill

German composer (1900–1950) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Kurt Julian Weill (March 2, 1900  April 3, 1950) was a German-born American composer[lower-alpha 1][2] active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States.[3] He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his fruitful collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. With Brecht, he developed productions such as his best-known work, The Threepenny Opera, which included the ballad "Mack the Knife". Weill held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose,[4] Gebrauchsmusik.[5] He also wrote several works for the concert hall and a number of works on Jewish themes. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943.

Weill in 1932

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