Universal Edition - Kurt Weill – Little Threepenny Music

Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill
Little Threepenny Music

Year of composition: 1928
Subtitle: Suite from ‘The Threepenny Opera’
Scored for: for wind orchestra
Composer: Kurt Weill
Instrumentation: 2 0 2 2 - 0 2 1 1 - perc(2), pno, alto sax(Eb), t.sax(Bb), band, bjo
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
alto saxophone in Eb
tenor saxophone in Bb (+soprano sax(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st trumpet in Bb
2nd trumpet in Bb
bass tuba
bjo (+guit)
Table of Contents:
Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
Anstatt daß-Song
Die Ballade vom angenehmen Leben
Pollys Lied
Duration: 22′
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Audio Excerpt

Kleine Dreigroschenmusik

World Première

Location: Berlin / Germany
Date: 07.02.1929
Orchestra: Preußisches Kammerorchester
Conductor: Otto Klemperer

Work Introduction

On 5 February 1929, Kurt Weill wrote a letter to UE (excerpt):

I heard the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (I deliberately avoided using the word “suite”) yesterday at rehearsal; I am very content with it. There are eight numbers in all new, concert versions, with some new intermediate strophes and an entirely new orchestration: two flutes, two clarinets, two saxophones, two bassoons, two trumpets, one trombone, one tuba, banjo, percussion, piano. I believe the piece can be played an awful lot, since it is precisely what every conductor wants: a snappy piece to end with.

I will send you the score immediately after the performance; Klemperer had the temporary parts made in the opera.

Wiesengrund-Adorno philosophised about the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik in his critique of composition in the 1929 Anbruch (excerpt):

What a potpourri! … that is all, scarcely a melody is lacking, they surge by so urgently that occasionally one of them collides with another; they contain one another in close formation, the maimed, damaged and worn out ones which are yet seditious, forming into a protest march.

Score – Kleine Dreigroschenmusik

  • for wind orchestra
  • Edition type: score
  • Edition info: The instrumental parts are only available on rental.
  • UE9712
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1969-1
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02632-4
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Future Performances

30.07.2017 - Colorado Music Festival
Location: Chautauqua Auditorium, Lafayette, CO (USA), Orchestra: Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Conductor: Jean-Marie Zeitouni

04.08.2017 - Brevard Music Center 2017 Summer Music Festival
Location: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard, NC (USA), Orchestra: Brevard Symphonic Winds, Conductor: Kraig Alan Williams

Location: Kodály Centre , Pécs (H), Orchestra: Pannon Philharmoniker, Conductor: Vajda Gergely

Location: Domu kultury Teplice, Teplice (CZ), Orchestra: North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Conductor: Marko Ivanovic

Location: Stefaniensaal, Graz (A), Orchestra: recreation Orchester, Conductor: Christian Muthspiel

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