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Kurt Weill
   composed the opera   
The Threepenny Opera
Kurt Weill
   composed the opera   
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
(1930) A political-satirical opera with a German libretto by Bertolt Brecht
Kurt Weill
   composed the musical   
The Threepenny Opera (1928)
Includes “Mack the Knife”
Kurt Weill
   composed   
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)
(1928) A collaborative adaptation of an English piece called "The Beggar's Opera", by John Gay. The Threepenny Opera revolutionized theater by breaking what is known as the "fourth wall". The fourth wall is the imaginary barrier between two universes: that of the stage and that of the audience. The wall is an artificial division that was thought to allow audiences to detach themselves from the material being presented on stage. Breaching the fourth wall, a tactic termed "the alienation effect", was devised by Bertolt Brecht. Brecht intended to force audience members to an awareness of the world of the play (and, by extension the greater structure of society as a whole) as an artificial construct. Weill and Brecht collaborated with Elisabeth Hauptman on this anti-capitalist piece. The Threepenny Opera is the source of the song "Mack the Knife", later covered by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, and more.
Kurt Weill
   composed   
"Beat! Beat! Drums!"
Text by Walt Whitman
Kurt Weill
   composed   
"Come up from the Fields Father"
Text by Walt Whitman
Kurt Weill
   composed   
"Es Regnet"
Text by Jean Cocteau; Weill, 1900-1950
Kurt Weill
   composed   
"Alabama Song"
Kurt Weill
   composed   
"Apple Jack"
Kurt Weill
   composed   
"Complainte De La Seine"
Kurt Weill
   composed   
"Mack the Knife"






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