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Graber, Naomi  Search this
Weill, Kurt 1900-1950 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xii, 313 pages)
Electronic resources
Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
United States
20th century
Weill's America, America's Weill -- Shifting Paradigms : Experiments in German and U.S. Alchemy -- For the People : Folk Music -- Living History : American History and World War II -- Alienation and Integration : Gender and Sexuality -- Israel in Egypt : Race and Ethnicity
"This book traces composer Kurt Weill's changing relationship with the idea of "America." Throughout his life, Weill was fascinated by the idea of America. His European works such as The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930), depict America as a capitalist dystopia filled with gangsters and molls. But in 1935, it became clear that Europe was no longer safe for the Jewish Weill, and he set sail for New World. Once he arrived, he found the culture nothing like he imagined, and his engagement with American culture shifted in intriguing ways. From that point forward, most his works concerned the idea of "America," whether celebrating her successes, or critiquing her shortcomings. As an outsider-turned-insider, Weill's insights into American culture are somewhat unique. He was more attuned than native-born citizens to the difficult relationship America had with her immigrants. However, it took him longer to understand the subtleties in other issues, particularly those surrounding race relations. Weill worked within transnational network of musicians, writers, artists, and other stage professionals, all of whom influenced each other's styles. His personal papers reveal his attempts to navigate not only the shifting tides of American culture, but the specific demands of his institutional and individual collaborators"-- Provided by publisher
Music--Political aspects--History  Search this
Opera  Search this
Music--Political aspects  Search this
United States in opera  Search this
In opera  Search this
Call number:
ML410.W395 G73 2021 (Internet)
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Smithsonian Libraries