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Kurt Weill <i>A Survivor on Two Continents</i>

Michael H. Kater

in Composers of the Nazi Era

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780195099249
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199870004 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.003.0003
Kurt Weill A Survivor on Two Continents

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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

Chapter.  15447 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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