Kurt Weill: Der Lindberghflug / Der Ozeanflug

Kurt Weill Der Lindberghflug / Der Ozeanflug
Der Lindberghflug / Der Ozeanflug

Kurt Weill: Der Lindberghflug / Der Ozeanflug

Year of composition:
1929
Scored for:
for tenor, baritone, bass, mixed choir and orchestra
Composer:
Kurt Weill
Original language:
German
Translator:
George Antheil; Lys Symonette
Librettist:
Bertolt Brecht
Choir:
SATB
Instrumentation:
2 0 2 2 - 0 2 2 0 - timp/perc, pno, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute (+picc)
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st trumpet in Bb
2nd trumpet in Bb
1st trombone
2nd trombone
timpani
piano
violin I
violin II
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Duration:
40’
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Der Lindberghflug / Der Ozeanflug
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Work introduction

Aged just 26, Kurt Weill realised that radio offered the potential for a new genre of art. Subtitled ‘Radiolehrstück’ (teaching piece for radio), Der Lindberghflug (text: Bertolt Brecht) was a product of this idea. It consists of 16 short sections, the shortest lasting barely a minute and the longest four minutes. The rapid alternation of soloists (narrator, tenor, baritone, bass), choir passages and instrumental interludes, as well as of styles – recitative, ‘sprechgesang’ (speech-song), baroque-style passages for choir, Weill’s typical bitter-sweet melodies – creates immense dramatic tension. It is not surprising that Weill also envisaged the work for stage.

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World première

Location:
Kurhaus, Baden-Baden (DE)
Date:
27.07.1929

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