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Kurt Weill: Mahagonny

  • based on the text of the Kurt Weill Edition
  • Duration: 25’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st clarinet in Bb
    2nd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
    alto saxophone in Eb
    1st trumpet in C
    2nd trumpet in C
    trombone
    percussion
    piano
    1st violin
    2nd violin
  • Composer: Kurt Weill
  • Librettist: Bertolt Brecht
  • Editor: Giselher Schubert
  • Table of contents:
    Vorwort
    Preface
    1. I. Mahagonny-Song / Kleiner Marsch
    2. Alabama-Song / Marsch / Vivace
    3. II. Mahagonny-Song / Vivace assai
    4. Benares-Song / Sostenuto (Choral)
    5. III. Mahagonny-Song / Vivace assai
    6. Finale
    Appendix: Erste Fassung des Finales (First Version of Finale)
  • Remarks: based on the text of the critically edited full score, Kurt Weill Edition, Ser. I, Vol. 3
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Kurt Weill: Mahagonny  | UE36629

A Songspiel

  • Edition type: piano reduction
  • Languages: German | English
  • Edition info: Based on the critical text of the Kurt Weill Edition.
  • Format: 23.2 × 30.5 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-7369-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-08698-4
€49.95
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Description

Kurt Weill’s Songspiel Mahagonny was commissioned by the music festival “Deutsche Kammermusik” in Baden-Baden and premiered in 1927. The poetry collection “Hauspostille” (domestic breviary) by Bertold Brecht served as a textual basis for the newly composed musical mini-drama that requires an ensemble of ten instruments and six singers. The audience’s reaction at the premiere was divided, yet everybody agreed on the quality and innovativeness of Weill’s music.
Brecht and Weill extended the Mahagonny-Songspiel to one of the most groundbreaking operas of the 20th century which was first performed in 1930: “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”. 

This newly edited piano-vocal score follows the text of the critical edition, as published in the Kurt Weill Edition (Series I, Volume 3). The English translation was done by Michael Feingold.

Orchestra material is available on hire.

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Contents

  • Vorwort
  • Preface
  • 1. I. Mahagonny-Song / Kleiner Marsch
  • 2. Alabama-Song / Marsch / Vivace
  • 3. II. Mahagonny-Song / Vivace assai
  • 4. Benares-Song / Sostenuto (Choral)
  • 5. III. Mahagonny-Song / Vivace assai
  • 6. Finale
  • Appendix: Erste Fassung des Finales (First Version of Finale)

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