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Die Dreigroschenoper : ein Stuck mit Musik…

Die Dreigroschenoper : ein Stuck mit Musik nach John Gay's 'The Beggar's… (edition 1972)

by Kurt Weill

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Based on John Gay's eighteenth centuryBeggar's Opera, The Threepenny Opera, first staged in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin, is a vicious satire on the bourgeois capitalist society of the Weimar Republic, but set in a mock-Victorian Soho. It focuses on the feud between Macheaf - an amoral criminal - and his father in law, a racketeer who controls and exploits London's beggars and is intent on having Macheaf hanged. Despite the resistance by Macheaf's friend the Chief of Police, Macheaf is eventually condemned to hang until in a comic reversal the queen pardons him and grants him a title and land. With Kurt Weill's unforgettable music - one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz to the theatre - it became a popular hit throughout the western world. Published in Methuen Drama's Modern Classics series in a trusted translation by Ralph Manheim and John Willett, this edition features extensive notes and commentary including an introduction to the play, Brecht's own notes on the play, a full appendix of textual variants, a note by composer Kurt Weill, a transcript of a discussion about the play between Brecht and a theatre director, plus editorial notes on the genesis of the play.… (more)
Title:Die Dreigroschenoper : ein Stuck mit Musik nach John Gay's 'The Beggar's Opera' [score]
Authors:Kurt Weill
Info:Wien: Universal Edition, c1972. 1 miniature score (ix, 135 p.) : facsim. ; 19 cm.
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The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht

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  VPALib | Mar 6, 2019 |
Or is it only those who have the money who can enter the land of milk and honey?

There were stirrings when I read in David Simon's Homicide about the West Baltimore murders which didn't merit a line in the newspaper. Homo Sacer, Agamben

Perhaps a phrase in the Sebald poem offered a subtle nudge to this reluctant reader. Perhaps it was an image of Ho Chi Minh in Fredrik Logevall's seminal Embers of War-- the thin, proud leader speaking to a congress of the French Communist Party, all of them white, bloated and indifferent?

All those flickering images from Pabst's film--it is a shock that I didn't reach for this play before. The 18C play of John Gray is drenched in Brecht's mordant wit adapted, embellished and reborn with grim musings on sexuality and patriotism, emerging strident and timeless. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Brecht's complex critique of capitalism. Not unlike the Sopranos or The Wire, Brecht offers us a view of disenfranchised members of society who use the tools of capitalism to further their personal success (on the black market). The farce of it (or the tragedy?) is that capitalism is prima facie morally bankrupt, and that corporate entities are nothing but a conglomeration of Mack the Knives. Knaves all of them; exploiting one another to preserve their personal security. ( )
  reganrule | Oct 24, 2017 |
  kutheatre | Jun 7, 2015 |
The Threepenny Opera is Bertolt Brecht's savage satire on the bourgeois Weimar Republic, and his most performed and studied play. Edited and translated by Ralph Manheim and John Willett, this student edition contains commentary, analysis and context, as well as the full text of the play. One of the major dramatists of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht's plays include "The Life of Galileo," "Mother Courage and her Children" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle," He died in 1956.
  Roger_Scoppie | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Brecht, Bertoltprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hauptmann, Elisabethmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Weill, KurtComposermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Nydorf, CharlesTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bentley, EricTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blitzstein, MarcTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castellani, EmilioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lenye, LotteForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manheim, RalphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vesey, DesmondTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willett, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Die Moritat von Mackie Messer.
Jahrmarkt in Soho.
Die Bettler betteln, die Diebe stehlen die Huren huren. Ein Moritatensänger singt eine Moritat.

Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne
Und die trägt er im Gesicht
Und Macheath, der hat ein Messer
Doch das Messer sieht man nicht.
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One of Bertolt Brecht's best-loved and most performed plays, The Threepenny Opera was first staged in 1928 at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin (now the home of the Berliner Ensemble). Based on the eighteenth-century The Beggar's Opera by John Gay, the play is a satire on the bourgeois society of the Weimar Republic, but set in a mock-Victorian Soho. With Kurt Weill's music, which was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce the jazz idiom into the theatre, it became a popular hit throughout the western world.
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