Kurt Weill: Little Threepenny Music

Kurt Weill Little Threepenny Music
Little Threepenny Music

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
trombone
bass tuba
percussion(2)
band
piano
bjo (+guit)
Table of contents:
Ouverture
Die Moritat von Mackie Messer
Anstatt daß-Song
Die Ballade vom angenehmen Leben
Pollys Lied
Tango-Ballade
Kanonen-Song
Dreigroschen-Finale
Duration:
22’
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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.

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Next performances

11 Jan

Little Threepenny Music

Kodály Centre, Pécs (HU)

01 Feb

Little Threepenny Music

Domu kultury Teplice, Teplice (CZ)

16 Feb

Little Threepenny Music

Birmingham (GB)

09 Mar

Little Threepenny Music

Krapfenberg (AT)

12 Mar

Little Threepenny Music

Stefaniensaal, Graz (AT)

World première

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

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