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Michael H. Kater

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195099249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.001.0001

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Kurt Weill A Survivor on Two Continents

Kurt Weill A Survivor on Two Continents

(p.57) 3 Kurt Weill A Survivor on Two Continents
Composers of the Nazi Era

Michael H. Kater (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing Kurt Julian Weill's experiences as a young composer, who became famous while he was still in his twenties. It narrates Weill's resistance against the Nazis and how they disturbed the plays that he orchestrated. It investigates Weill's travel to different countries in order to be safe from the influence of the Nazis. It stresses that the private persona and the creativity of the artists in exile from Nazi Germany was shaped by their new environment. It examines Lotte Lenya's influence on Weill, moving him as a person more than did anybody else, and to a large extent, directed his artistic energy, influencing in particular, his musical sensitivity, also with regard to her own creative talents. It discusses two additional factors that governed Weill's life: his relationship to Judaism and Jews and the other was the quality of his music as either specifically European or American.

Keywords:   Kurt Julian Weill, Lotte Lenya, Nazi, Germany, Judaism, Jews, Europe, America

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