Kurt Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Kurt Weill Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Kurt Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Year of composition:
1930
Subtitle:
Opera in 3 acts
Composer:
Kurt Weill
Librettist:
Bertolt Brecht
Roles:
Leokadja Begbick, mezzosoprano Fatty, tenore Dreieinigkeitsmoses, baritone Jenny Hill, soprano Jimmy Mahoney, tenore Jack O'Brien, tenore Bill, baritono Joe, basso Tobby Higgins, tenore six girls and the men from Mahagonny
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
2 1 1 2 - 2 3 2 1 - s.sax, alto sax, t.sax, timp, perc, pno, bass guit, bjo, band, str - on stage: zith, pno, 3 vl
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+2ndpicc
on stage)
2nd flute (+1st picc
on stage)
oboe
clarinet in B and A (+on stage)
soprano saxophone in Bb (+bar.sax(Eb)
2ndcl(Bb)
on stage)
alto saxophone in Eb (+on stage)
tenor saxophone in Bb (+on stage)
1st bassoon (+on stage)
2nd bassoon (+cbsn
on stage)
1st horn in F (+on stage)
2nd horn in F (+on stage)
1st trumpet in Bb (+on stage)
2nd trumpet in Bb (+on stage)
3rd trumpet in Bb
1st trombone (+on stage)
2nd trombone (+on stage)
bass tuba (+on stage)
timpani
percussion (+on stage)
bass guitar
banjo (+hawaii guit
on stage)
bandoneon (+on stage)
piano (+harm ad lib.)
violin
viola
violoncello
double bass
on stage: zither
piano
3 violins
Scenery:
Bühnenbilder: Projektionen
Duration:
140’
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Work introduction

Kurt Weill wrote to UE in 1927, during his work on Mahagonny:

It is beyond question that at present a completely new kind of stage work is emerging, which addresses itself to a different and incomparably larger audience, and whose effect will proliferate in completely unaccustomed ways. This movement – whose most powerful proponent, in the field of theatre, is Brecht – has until now never encroached upon opera, even though music is one of its essential elements. The piece that we plan to write will not exploit contemporary events that will be obsolete in a year’s time, but give our own time a definitive form. Thus its effectiveness will extend far beyond the time of its creation. It is indeed a matter of creating the new genre that will deal with the utterly different expressions of life in our time in an appropriate form.

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Next performances

28 Oct

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Großes Haus, Hildesheim (DE)

03 Nov

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Großes Haus, Hildesheim (DE)

05 Nov

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Opernhaus Zürich, Zürich (CH)

09 Nov

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Opernhaus Zürich, Zürich (CH)

10 Nov

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Großes Haus, Hildesheim (DE)

World première

Location:
Leipzig
Date:
09.03.1930
Conductor:
Gustav Brecher

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