TITLE

Saving the Fallen City of Mahagonny: The Musical Elaboration of Brecht's Epic Theatre

AUTHOR(S)
Nichols, John C.; Rennert, Hellmut Hal
PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama & Theater: An American ;2004, p219
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Book Chapter
ABSTRACT
An essay from the book "Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception 1977-1999" is presented. It examines the experimental opera "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. The music for both Brecht and Weill was quite political, designed to open up possibilities for theatrical presentation. The musical form of the opera had helped Brecht to formulate his conception of epic theater. The music in the opera does not operate as a separate element, for it is the one that shapes the dramatic music. The words of Brecht and the music of Weill both contribute to the opera.
ACCESSION #
19288493

 

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