The son of a cantor, Kurt Weill was born in Dessau into a family that took in operatic performances as a main form of entertainment. When Weill was in his teens the director of the Dessau Hoftheater, Albert Bing, encouraged him in the study of music. Weill briefly studied composition with Engelbert Humperdinck and was already working professionally as a conductor when he attended composer Ferruccio Busoni's master classes in Berlin. Delighted to see the positive responses of an audience to his first collaboration with playwright Georg Kaiser, Der Protagonist (1926), he thereafter resolved to work toward accessibility in his music. In 1926 Weill married actress Lotte Lenya, whose reedy, quavering singing voice he called "the one I hear in my head when I am writing my songs." In 1927 Weill began his collaboration with leftist playwright ...
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Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera), opera 1928 15:42 Opera Show/Musical
Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins), ballet 1933 27:21 Ballet Opera
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), opera 1927 01:54:18 Opera
Street Scene, opera 1946 01:54:12 Opera
One Touch of Venus, musical play 1943 01:34:45 Show/Musical
Lost in the Stars, musical play 1949 01:11:32 Show/Musical
Knickerbocker Holiday, musical play 1938 01:01:42 Show/Musical
Lady in the Dark, musical play 1940 01:06:42 Show/Musical
Symphony No. 2 1933 27:24 Symphony
Das Berliner Requiem, cantata for tenor, baritone, male chorus & wind orchestra 1928 19:22 Choral
Concerto for violin & wind orchestra, Op. 12 1924 28:56 Concerto
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, suite for wind orchestra (based on "Die Dreigroschenoper") 1928 15:01 Orchestral
Recordare for chorus & children's chorus ("Lamentations of Jeremiah V," "O Remember, Lord"), Op. 11 1923 19:14 Choral
Je ne t'aime pas (I Don't Love You), song for voice & piano 1934 04:19 Vocal Music
Youkali, tango habañera for voice & piano 1934 05:16 Vocal Music
Berlin im Licht, song for voice & piano 1928 02:21 Vocal Music
Die Seeräuber-Jenny (Pirate Jenny), song for voice & piano (from "Die Dreigroschenoper") 1928 04:13 Vocal Music
Buddy on the Night Shift, for voice & piano (Propaganda Songs No. 5) 1942 02:46 Vocal Music
Complainte de la Seine, song for voice & piano 1934 03:41 Vocal Music
It Never Was You, song for voice & piano (from "Knickerbocker Holiday") 1938 03:40 Vocal Music
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