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Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform

Hinton, Stephen

Published by University of California Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 0520271777 / ISBN 13: 9780520271777
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Title: Weill's Musical Theater: Stages of Reform

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Berkeley. 2012. University of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 7 b/w photographs, 2 tables, 78 music examples. 600 pages. May 2012. hardcover. 9780520271777. keywords: Composers Opera. inventory # 38354. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In the first musicological study of Kurt Weill’s complete stage works, Stephen Hinton charts the full range of theatrical achievements by one of twentieth-century musical theater’s key figures. Hinton shows how Weill’s experiments with a range of genres—from one-act operas and plays with music to Broadway musicals and filmopera— became an indispensable part of the reforms he promoted during his brief but intense career. Confronting the divisive and erroneous notion of ‘two Weills’—one European, the other American—Hinton adopts a broad and inclusive perspective, establishing criteria that allow aspects of continuity to emerge, particularly in matters of dramaturgy. Tracing his extraordinary journey as a composer, the book shows how Weill’s artistic ambitions led to his working with a remarkably heterogeneous collection of authors, such as Georg Kaiser, Bertolt Brecht, Moss Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, and Maxwell Anderson. Bookseller Inventory # 38354

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Synopsis: In the first musicological study of Kurt Weill?s complete stage works, Stephen Hinton charts the full range of theatrical achievements by one of twentieth-century musical theater?s key figures. Hinton shows how Weill?s experiments with a range of genres—from one-act operas and plays with music to Broadway musicals and film-opera—became an indispensable part of the reforms he promoted during his brief but intense career. Confronting the divisive notion of “two Weills?—one European, the other American—Hinton adopts a broad and inclusive perspective, establishing criteria that allow aspects of continuity to emerge, particularly in matters of dramaturgy. Tracing his extraordinary journey as a composer, the book shows how Weill?s artistic ambitions led to his working with a remarkably heterogeneous collection of authors, such as Georg Kaiser, Bertolt Brecht, Moss Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, and Maxwell Anderson.

From the Inside Flap: “This book, the first scholarly consideration of Weill?s complete output of stage works, is without doubt the most important critical study of the composer?s oeuvre to date in any language. Hinton?s scholarship is superior and his insights original and illuminating. The product of several decades of engagement with Weill?s works, their sources and reception, as well as the secondary literature, the book is a stunning achievement. Brilliantly conceived and executed, it will take its place as one of the cornerstones of Weill studies.?—Kim H. Kowalke, University of Rochester and President, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

“In Weill?s Musical Theater: Stages of Reform, Stephen Hinton reminds us that Kurt Weill was always a revolutionary. The composer?s insistent dedication to a provocative, constantly evolving lyric theater that spoke directly to audiences meant that Weill remained as controversial as he was popular. The celebrity that endeared him to Broadway made him anathema in Berlin. Some sixty years after Weill?s death, Hinton is finally able to demonstrate the consistent brilliance, theatrical power, and coherence of a composer who revolutionized every genre he touched (or used) and whose collaborators read as a who?s who of twentieth-century theater.?

—David Savran, author of Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New Middle Class



"Stephen Hinton presents us with an image of Weill that is at once monumental yet still alive. A truly Protean figure, Weill is not an easy man to grasp in his totality; Brecht once wrote that a man thrown into water will have to develop webbed feet, and as a refugee from Nazi Germany, Weill had to become a cultural amphibian. But in Weill's Musical Theater we see the composer from every angle: through the gaze of countless critics and reviewers, through Weill's own eyes, and finally through the filter of Hinton's judicious, focused prose. This account will stand."—Daniel Albright, author of Untwisting the Serpent: Modernism in Music, Literature, and Other Arts

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