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Kurt Weill: Der Lindberghflug / Der Ozeanflug

  • for tenor, baritone, bass, mixed choir and orchestra
  • 2 0 2 2 - 0 2 2 0 - timp/perc, pno, str
  • Duration: 40’
  • 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
  • Choir: SATB
  • Composer: Kurt Weill
  • Librettist: Bertolt Brecht
  • Original language: German
  • Translator: George AntheilLys Symonette

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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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