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Dessau, Germany (1900 – 1950)

Kurt Julian Weill (March 2, 1900 – April 3, 1950), born in Dessau, Germany and died in New York City, was a active from the 1920s until his death. He was a leading composer for the stage, as well as writing a number of concert works.

Over fifty years after his death, his music continues to be performed both in and contexts. In Weill’s lifetime, his work was most associated with the voice of his wife, Lotte Lenya, but shortly after his death “Mack The Knife” was established by Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin as a standard; his music has since been recorded by other performers ranging from The Doors, Lou Reed, Sting and PJ Harvey to New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; singers as varied as Teresa Stratas, Ute Lemper, and Marianne Faithfull have recorded entire albums of his music.


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  • memristor

    fucking tremendous

    24 Mar 3:23pm Reply
  • wondertriplover

    i really like the song he wrote for the doors

    20 Mar 7:39am Reply
  • shitscud

    @Epitymbidia: I agree, quite rapturous and stirring. I need more of this man's work in my life.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Sideburnstijger

    @ Nakkinak : good one!

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Epitymbidia

    "Die sieben Todsünden der Kleinbürger" with Marianne Faithfull is just too good for words. Gorgeous!

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Artists images are all wrong, that's obviously Gregor Gysi

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • dinkydauisshit

    it was so sweet, to be his little spouse, in that foul two-by-four where we played house...

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • jvaahtera

    I have playd tracks by Kurt Weil, a swiss trombonist/vibraphonist. He's not the same as the more well known composer Kurt Weill (with two l's). He recorded an LP in the 60's called Kurt Weil Plays Kurt Weill - hey I would have done that with such a similar name, too :-) But anyway, I don't like it when automagically corrects my tags to to Kurt Weill, when I'm actually playing Kurt Weil, when I have tagged correctly!

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • zrsullivan

    If Bonhoeffer were a composer & further east, they'd be one & the same. Not expert conjecture, but my own conclusion.

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • kotofeevna

    moooooon of alabaaaaamaaaa

    21 Sep 2009 Reply
  • rpd236

    "Youkali Tango" is a great, not well-known Kurt Weill song. Here's a link:

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • andrdprnd

    Mack the knife!

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • metawirt

    Kurt Weill on tour? That's nice! ;)

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
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  • sweetdy

    oh deyeiz!

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
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  • metawirt

    Greatest composer of the 20th century!

    29 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Weillhead

    Check out Anne Kerry Ford's WEILL CD at Her Pirate Jenny was on USA TODAY's top ten playlist a few weeks ago. It is killer. Also available on itunes.

    18 Dec 2006 Reply